Legislature ends with basic education funding unresolved

March 25, 2014

OLYMPIA — House Bill 2797 and Senate Bill 6483 have a lot in common. Both increased funding for K-3 classroom construction, both had bipartisan sponsorship and both failed to reach the governor’s desk.

In McCleary vs. Washington, the state Supreme Court ruled the state was not sufficiently funding basic education. Earlier this year, the court ordered legislators to quicken the pace of funding to meet McCleary obligations — including K-3 class size reductions. According to the National Education Association, Washington state is fourth worst in the nation for classroom sizes.

House Bill 2797 would have sold $700 million in lottery-backed bonds to fund K-3 classroom construction; it passed out of the House 90-7 with bipartisan support. It failed to make it to the Senate floor after State Treasurer Jim McIntire said lottery-backed bonds were too risky.

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Legislators talk transportation, schools at Town Hall

March 4, 2014

As the regular legislative session draws closer to an end, 5th District policy makers gave an update to residents Feb. 22.

Democratic Sen. Mark Mullet and Republican Reps. Chad Magendanz and Jay Rodne welcomed the public to a Town Hall at the Issaquah Highlands Fire Station 73. There, they answered questions about bills hearing discussion in this session, bills that may come in the future and the general state of the Legislature.

Moderator William Shaw gathered questions from the audience and led the discussion, beginning with a possible transportation package.

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Local lawmakers to host town hall meetings

February 18, 2014

Reps. Jay Rodne and Chad Magendanz and Sen. Mark Mullet invite 5th District residents to attend town hall meetings in Issaquah, Maple Valley and Snoqualmie on Feb. 22.

Citizens who attend will receive an update on the 2014 legislative session. The legislators are encouraging citizens to bring their questions, comments or concerns about legislation, state government and issues affecting the 5th District.

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Rep. Chad Magendanz appointed to education funding group

February 7, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 7, 2014

Rep. Chad Magendanz, R-Issaquah, has been tapped to sit on a legislative work group that will consider new ways to fund K-12 education.

The bipartisan group, chaired by Gov. Jay Inslee, will include members of the state House and Senate.

Magendanz, assistant ranking member of the House Education Committee, said lawmakers have their work cut out for them in complying with the state Supreme Court’s 2012 McCleary decision, which found that the state was not adequately funding basic education.

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Traffic talks jam town hall

October 1, 2013

Traffic talks are in a jam.

To address ongoing transportation problems and lobby for a Legislature special session this fall, local and regional representatives met for a town hall Sept. 26. An overflowing crowd came to Issaquah City Hall to voice concerns about traffic and hear possible solutions.

Washington State Department of Transportation Regional Administrator Lorena Eng joined Sen. Mark Mullet, Rep. Jay Rodne, Rep. Chad Magendanz, King County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, Issaquah City Council President Fred Butler, former Bothell City Councilman Dick Paylor and North Bend Mayor Kenneth Hearing to have a discussion in an attempt to resurrect the failed Legislature funding package and hear citizen opinions.

By Peter Clark More than 70 people packed into City Hall’s Eagle Room Sept. 26 to ask questions of regional leaders on the state of transportation.

By Peter Clark
More than 70 people packed into City Hall’s Eagle Room Sept. 26 to ask questions of regional leaders on the state of transportation.

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