OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a supplemental state budget that pays for the final piece of a long-running court case on basic education.
The budget signed Tuesday also allocates additional money for mental health, heath care and higher education, among other areas. The overall plan also provides a one-time property tax cut next year.
The plan makes several tweaks in spending to the current $43.7 billion two-year state budget that was adopted last summer, bumping the current state operating budget up to $44.6 billion, which much of the increased spending going toward education.
Lawmakers needed to speed up fully funding teacher salaries as they worked to satisfy a 2012 ruling that found that K-12 school funding was not adequate. That component was moved up to later this year.