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State: Sanctions not needed over education funding

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SEATTLE (AP) - The state Attorney General's office says lawmakers should not be held in contempt of the state Supreme Court because of their failure to present a complete plan to increase school funding.

The state's top attorney is defending the Legislature, saying lawmakers weren't able to produce a plan because "legitimate policy disagreements that have not been resolved."

The court has ordered the state to appear before it on Sept. 3 and show the court how it has followed its orders in the 2012 McCleary decision or face contempt. The McCleary decision said lawmakers are not meeting their constitutional responsibility to fully pay for basic education and they are relying too much on local tax-levy dollars to balance the education budget.

The attorney general's says the court "should not treat a legitimate policy disagreement" as disrespect.

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