OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Gov. Jay Inslee says that closing tax exemptions will have to be part of the equation to put more money into the state's education system.
Inslee said Thursday he will continue to push for the closing of tax breaks that aren't directly tied to job creation. His statements come a day after the state Supreme Court held a hearing to have lawyers representing the Washington Legislature explain why they had not set out a plan for fully paying for basic education.
A 2012 decision by the high court 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.
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