Monthly Archives: March 2015

Seattle Times: Reducing class size starts with building more classrooms

AT a time when the Legislature is debating the best way to pay for basic education in K-12 schools, it makes sense to start with the most basic element of all: classrooms. No matter what we do this legislative session, we’re going to need more of them. That means tackling an outdated school-construction model that has created inequity and inefficiencies across our state’s 295 school districts.


We said we would deliver and we did

Statement from Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, on passage of the Senate transportation package.

“We said we would deliver and we did. Today’s bipartisan vote on a statewide transportation package creates 200,000 jobs, gets our economy moving, fixes our crumbling highways and provides more accountability in the way we manage our transportation dollars. That’s a win-win for taxpayers and for our job creators.

“We delivered on reforms protecting taxpayers from cost overruns on Seattle tunnel project and other mega projects. We provided important customer protections to prevent Gov. Inslee from imposing burdensome fuel standards similar to California without approval from the Legislature.

“I believe today’s bipartisan vote will launch a season of problem-solving with our Democratic colleagues in the House. This is the first time I’ve voted for a transportation package and we owe it to the people of this state to present them with transportation solutions that restore their trust.”

The $15 billion transportation package now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.