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Budget: Biggest education reform in state history will rely heavily on property taxes
SEATTLE -- The state’s tentative budget pumps billions more into education, relying heavily on property taxes to foot the bill. Lawmakers say the two-year budget deal amounts to $43.5 billion, with $7.3 billion of that for education that will be phased in over four years starting this fall. Eight key negotiators who worked on the budget and the education portion of the plan believe the deal will comply with the state Supreme Court's 2012 McCleary decision in which the justices ruled the state was failing to fully fund public education. The court gave the state until 2018 to comply.