Senate approves supplemental budget, teachers would receive more money

The budget barely passed the Senate with a 25 to 24 vote. The House approved the measure earlier in the day.

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Legislature has sent Gov. Jay Inslee a supplemental state budget that puts more money toward teacher salaries, the final step in a multiyear process to bring Washington state into compliance with a state Supreme Court mandate on education.

The Senate passed the plan on a 25-24 vote shortly after the House passed it on a 54-44 vote Thursday, the last day of the 60-day legislative session.

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The plan makes several tweaks and adds more than $750 million in net spending to the current $43.7 billion two-year state budget that was adopted last summer. While the main focus in on education funding, the budget also allocates additional money into funding mental health, heath care, and higher education, among other areas.

Lawmakers are working to expedite a timeline on fully funding teacher salaries as they try to satisfy a 2012 ruling that found that K-12 school funding was not adequate.