Senate Republicans Seek Money for Charter Schools in Budget
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Senate Republicans in Washington have released their supplemental budget proposal, which seeks money for public charter schools, the state's mental health system and repairing damage from last summer's wildfires.
The proposal was unveiled on Wednesday, and would add about $49 million to the two-year $38 billion state budget adopted in 2015. The House budget was released on Monday.
The Senate's plan would provide $6.6 million from the state's Opportunity Pathways Account to pay for charter schools, which were ruled unconstitutional last year by the state Supreme Court in part because of the way they were funded.
The budget would also direct more than $54 million to address safety issues at Western State Hospital and another $173.3 million for damage resulting from the wildfires that burned 1 million acres.