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State plans for possible shut-down

Washington state lawmakers released the details of their last-minute $43.7 billion budget deal Friday.”If we don’t hear something definitive from the Governor’s office then we’ll start down that path on Friday morning”, said Sternback.The court has said that the state has until September 1, 2018, to do that, but that the details – including funding – must be in place before the Legislature adjourns this year. “I believe this comports with not just our constitutional obligation, but more importantly our moral obligation to help our kids”.To pay for the increases in public schools, lawmakers are being asked to approve a major overhaul of the property tax system, increasing the statewide property tax to $2.70 from $1.88 per every $1,000 of assessed value.On the spending side, the budget also includes $618 million to pay for labor contracts for state workers, along with about $102 million to improve the state’s mental health system.View a chart to see how property tax in your school district are estimated to increase or decrease over the next four years.Everyone will see a tax increase in 2018, because it’s before the state new school levy cap begin in 2019. John Braun, one of the key budget negotiators.It was not immediately clear whether the education funding increase would satisfy a 2012 order by the state’s Supreme Court that found the state was failing to fully fund basic education in violation of its own constitution. In the McCleary case, the state Supreme Court has said Washington state needs to stop using school districts’ local levy money to pay for basic education costs, such as teacher salaries.The court has said that the state has until September 1, 2018, to do that, but that the details – including funding – must be in place before the Legislature adjourns this year. The property taxing authority for most local school districts would be capped at $1.50 per $1,000.Another $456 million would come from ending tax exemptions, including collecting more taxes on online sales.The overall plan also would lower the business and occupation rate on state manufacturers from.484 percent to.2904 percent – the same preferential rate given to Boeing and others in the aerospace sector. Under the plan, the average minimum salary for instructional staff will be $64,000, and adding in regionalization, it will range from $66,194 to $82,081.