Local Politics

Inslee, McKenna have different tactics on budget

WASHINGTON - Washington's candidates for governor are taking different approaches to funding education without taxes.

Republican Rob McKenna and Democrat Jay Inslee outlined their proposals in a high-profile debate Thursday night. Both oppose tax increases but have different tactics for restoring needed cash to the school system.

McKenna said he would cap growth in other areas of state government at 6 percent per biennium and use the savings to fund education. Inslee said he'd like to find savings in health care growth and improved performance of state government.

McKenna and Inslee are locked in what is widely considered one of the most competitive races for governor in the country. Both sides have raised about $10 million, and a recent Elway Poll showed the candidates running about even.