How should the legislature comply with the court order to provide full financial support for basic public education?
Our state’s spending has skyrocketed. We spent $53.4 billion in the 2003-05 biennium. The budget for 2013-15 is $80.5 billion. That’s an increase of more than 50% in just ten years. (Data from the state’s Fiscal Information website.)
We have enough money, but we don’t prioritize properly. I support funding schools first. We can pull K-12 education out of the General and Capital funds and put it into a separate budget. We can insist that budget must be passed before the legislature can act on other spending. Republicans have proposed this (HB 1174), but the Democrats killed it in the Appropriations committee.