In today's Spokesman Review we have an article concerning the judges on the Washington State Supreme Court allegedly overstepping their bounds when it comes to the state constitution and the legislature's responsibilities towards education.
“They are way out of their lane,” said Sen. Michael Baumgartner, a Spokane Republican.
Baumgartner expects lawmakers will continue adding “substantially new resources” to the state education system, but he said the court’s position could erode the proper balance of power in Olympia. Baumgartner hopes lawmakers will ignore the court’s latest demands, or he fears justices may exercise more power going forward.
“Everyone has to see how this could be abused,” Baumgartner said.
Baumgartner has proposed a bill that would shrink the court from nine justices to five, acknowledging that it was partially an attempt to push back against the decision. But he also said the change would provide significant budget savings – money that could be redirected to education. (bolding mine)
Everyone has to see how this could be abused, too.
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