OLYMPIA- Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah, issued this statement following the passage of Senate Bill 5023, commonly known as the levy cliff bill.

“Allowing local communities to maintain their current school levy rates for at least one more year was a top priority of mine this legislative session.

“Extending this deadline out another year is an insurance policy for school districts so they can budget for the coming school year with some certainty while we in the Legislature negotiate a solution to the McCleary ruling.

“Now that the levy cliff problem has been settled, I am eager to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to resolve our state’s school funding crisis once and for all. And I will be fighting to make sure that local control and local levies are included as a part of that final solution.”