May 5, 2017 Policy Brief

Key Dates

The Legislature is entering the third week of its Special Session. Key budget negotiators in the House and the Senate are hard at work, but no specific dates are anticipated for action in the coming week.

June 7: Economic Forcast

June 20: Revenue Forcast

June 30: Budget or Continuing Resolution for 2017-2019 must be adopted

July 7: Initiative Filing Deadline


Policy Round Up

SB 5232 – Governor Inslee is signing into law legislation creating new system-wide credit policy regarding Advanced Placement exams.

SHB 1445 – Governor Inslee is signing into law on May 8 at Evergreen High School (Highline School District) legislation to grow capacity for high quality dual language learning in K-12.


Key Numbers

  • Kent homeowners pay $3.59 per $1,000 of property value to raise $2,595 per student.

  • Bellevue homeowners pay $1.32 per $1,000 of property value to raise $3,261 per student.


Social Media Chatter

Following the U.S. House passage of the American Health Care Act, @The74 tweets that “Schools brace for billions in possible cuts to education services after #AHCA passes House today.


What We're Reading

A Little-Noticed Target in the House Health Bill: Special Education – New York Times
“Ms. Glenn, a Medicaid coordinator for Tri-County Special Education, an Illinois cooperative that helps more than 20 school districts deliver special education services to students, was worried about an issue that few in Congress were discussing: how the new American Health Care Act, with its deep cuts to Medicaid, would affect her 2,500 students.”

Southridge students tell peers: ‘Put down your phones’ – Tri-City Herald
“This time, the driver survived, but school and health officials are leading a campaign to warn teens that texting and driving is as deadly as drunken driving. The effort is patterned after the annual Every 15 Minute program.”

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