Over the past two decades of liberal majorities in Washington State, the legislature diverted funds from schools to pay raises for bureaucrats and other special interests. The modus operandi has been to spend all the available money on pet projects first, then tell the public, “we need more taxes for pay for schools.”

A new conservative majority in the Senate, aided by a strong conservative minority in the House, has put a stop to this scam. John Koster agrees that priorities of government, like public safety, roads and schools should be funded first. Pay raises for state employees and other things, even good things, must be properly prioritized.

The past two budgets have added nearly $4 billion to school funding without raising taxes. John Koster will work to keep making schools a priority until every school has what they need to prepare our students for a competitive global marketplace.