Sactions of $100,000 per day on Education for Washington

State faces Supreme Court sanctions

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Supreme Court is ordering the state to pay $100,000 a day, beginning immediately, because it hasn’t shown enough progress in funding education. Gov. Jay Inslee says the court has spoken, and he’s considering the options.

“The court made it very clear that bolder and more aggressive action is needed to support Washington students and teachers,” he said after the ruling was handed down yesterday.

Inslee says he plans meetings with legislative leaders, Attorney General Bob Ferguson and others to discuss what can be done and consider calling a special session. The court stated Washington will not have to pay the fines on days the Legislature may spend in a special session trying to rework the funding.

“The detailed plan the court demands in order to fulfill our Constitutional obligation will be more complex and expensive than the significant steps we’ve already taken,” he said.

Several legislators tweeted reactions to the ruling. One Republican suggested the Supreme Court had gone rogue and suggested a recall effort.

The Legislature’s four caucus leaders will meet with Inslee on the issue Monday.