OLYMPIA, Wash. - Democrats in the Washington state House are proposing a budget plan that would eliminate a variety of tax breaks to help pay for state education.
The plan unveiled Wednesday would increase government spending by more than 10 percent. The two-year budget would spend $34.5 billion, more than $1 billion beyond a plan previously approved by the Senate.
Under the plan, lawmakers would increase k-12 education funding by $1.9 billion, largely in response to a state Supreme court ruling that says the state is not adequately funding basic education. The Senate plan proposes a $1.5 billion K-12 increase in funding.
Along with extending businesses and beer taxes, the House Democrats propose to eliminate tax breaks for non-resident shoppers, insurance agents, bottled water, and fuel.