So if the Senate refuses to hear the levy cliff bill, down the district tumbles. I have to laugh at the argument that the "real" work is McCleary and the levy cliff is a "distraction." Nearly every single legislator has a school district that will be affected by the levy cliff and boy, when it happens, I hope their constituents howl.
Oh, there was this:
On Friday, Republicans released an education plan that would eventually avoid the levy cliff if passed by the Legislature.There is analysis of their plan to be done but the early issue you can see is that Seattle will take it on the chin, property tax-wise.
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A great map from WA Dems showing legislative districts and then, the school districts in them and how much money they would lose via the levy cliff.
I highly recommend calling
- Senator Zeiger (Puyuallup SD will ose nearly $9M),
- Senator Rossi (Bellevue will lose $10M, Lake WA SD will lose $4M, Redmond will lose $4M), and Mercer Island SD will lose nearly $3M)
- Senator Miloscia (Federal Way SD will lose nearly $8M and Auburn will lose nearly $7M.)
We can do this! As Yogi Berra said, "It ain't over until it's over."
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The Dems in the Legislature have decided to go for broke. From The News Tribune:
Sen. Marko Liias, D-Lynnwood, said Senate Democrats have identified ways they can bring legislation to the floor without the aid of Republican Senate leaders.It appears that the vote would take place on Saturday.
But Democrats are hoping that Republicans agree to bring up the measure, House Bill 1059, using the normal channels, so that such an action isn’t necessary, he said.
From Washington's Paramount Duty:
The State Senate will vote on Friday morning at 10AM on an important procedural motion that, if adopted, would allow a vote on the bill to delay the levy cliff soon afterward. We need to flood Senate offices with calls urging them to bring this bill, HB 1059, to the floor and then to vote yes on it.
Need to find your Senator or their phone number? Click here and urge your Senator to immediately pass the bill to delay the levy cliff!
If you need a script: “Hello, I am your constituent from [name your city or town]. I need you to vote to bring HB 1059 to the floor and vote for the bill. We must delay the levy cliff so that teachers don’t get fired and students don’t lose important classes and programs they need to succeed. I know you have the power to save our schools from financial peril and I need you to lead on this."
Call your Senator right now and urge them to immediately pass the bill to delay the levy cliff! Click here if you need to find your Senator or their phone number.
Below are some of the Senators who most urgently need to hear from the public. If even just one of them votes yes, the bill can pass and our schools will be saved from the levy cliff. If you or anyone you know lives in any of these legislative districts/areas, please ask them to call their Senator right now!
(Editor's note: Fain, Rivers, Schoesler are not going to flip; I would not bother with them. Zeiger and Braun are good bets.)
25th LD: includes Puyallup, Fife
20th LD: includes Chehalis, Centralia, Castle Rock
47th LD: includes Auburn, Kent, Renton, Covington, Federal Way
18th LD: includes Vancouver, Ridgefield, Camas, Battle Ground, Washougal, La Center, Hockinson
30th LD: includes Algona, Auburn, Des Moines, Federal Way, Milton, Pacific
26th LD: includes Bremerton, Port Orchard, Gig Harbor, Lakebay, Purdy
45th LD: includes Redmond, Kirkland, Sammamish, Woodinville, Duvall
16th LD: includes Walla Walla, Prosser, Horse Heaven
9th LD: includes Ritzville, Pullman, Colfax, St. John, Asotin
31st LD: includes Enumclaw, Buckley, Bonney Lake, Auburn, Sumner, Edgewood, South Prairie, Wilkeson and Carbonado
12th LD: includes Wenatchee, East Wenatchee, Twisp, Winthrop, Leavenworth
2nd LD: includes Eatonville, Yelm, Orting, Graham, Roy, Rainier
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17th LD: includes Brush Prairie, Orchards, Cascade Park East (Clark County)
14th LD: includes Stevenson, White Salmon, Naches, Goldendale, Tieton, Roosevelt
10th LD: includes Stanwood, Camamo Island, Whidbey Island, Oak Harbor, La Connor