Senate committee considers Governor budget

After yesterday’s House hearing on Governor Inslee’s budget, the Senate Ways and Means Committee took public comment on the same Budget. This gave me the opportunity to deliver the following remarks about PSE’s financial priorities for this session:

PSE enthusiastically supports Governor Inslee’s budget proposal because it responds to our 4 highest priorities this legislative session.

It funds:

….our Central Washington University and Western Washington University Collective Bargaining Agreements

….the Union coalition agreement on PEBB funding

….the Union coalition agreement on SEBB funding (something PSE has sought for 24 years)

….Paraeducator training. However, we look forward to working with the legislature to provide funding for each year of the Budget.

We can’t thank Governor Inslee enough for his leadership on SEBB and Paraeducator training. His Budget makes Washington State a National leader for its recognition of and respect for the important work of classified employees in education. We hope you will join him in supporting classified employees.

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