OLYMPIA – Addressing the passage of Senate Bill 5023, averting Washington state’s impending ‘levy cliff,’ Sen. Sam Hunt, D-Olympia, released the following statement:

“Gratification sums up my feelings about tonight’s passage of the levy cliff bill.  It is gratifying that both parties finally agreed to avoid the levy cliff and pass ESB 5023.

“This is a great victory for Washington’s students who will not face big cuts in school funding.  Administrators, teachers, students, and parents in North Thurston, Olympia, Tumwater and the rest of the state are big winners in this first major step to address school funding.

“Senate Democrats fought day after day to bring this bill to the Senate floor. A lot is left to be done as we face the climb up McCleary mountain, but I am confident that we will reach the goal of addressing the major funding needs of Washington’s schools.”