Sunday, March 18, 2012
Still no state budget . . .
Whether they can find a resolution soon is debatable as tempers flare with a new Senate Republican budget unveiled on Thursday. In this Seattle Times article we learn that the Governor is very upset and has threatened vetoes of already passed budgets.
Her anger was stoked by a Senate Republican budget plan unveiled Thursday that she says was done without her knowledge, even after several days of meetings between Gregoire and Democratic and Republican leadership.
"You've got to have trust in the room," Gregoire said Thursday. "This does not advance trust in the room."
Negotiations between the Governor's office and legislators from both houses is scheduled to resume tomorrow. I am hopeful that these negotiations will not result in surprises or major changes to what we have been lead to believe will be a favorable budget for K-12. I can't, however, forget how the previous behind closed door negotiations impacted our teacher evaluation plans and agree that there are still major unresolved issues captured in the article that could resurface when the doors close.
Republicans are also pushing several structural changes to state government, including a requirement that budgets be balanced over a four-year period and a consolidation of health-insurance plans for education employees. The GOP also wants passage of a charter-schools bill that Democrats largely oppose.
I'd like the doors to be ajar or open for us to influence as these conversations continue.
Posted by Seeking Shared Learning at 2:14 PM