Rep. Tom Gann is the lead author of a bill (HB3440) which taps into a long-disguised trust fund which has over $2 billion dollars and is accruing about $300 million in dividends annually. It's been called the School Land Trust. It was created at the time of statehood and is designed to assist in the expense of public common education.
Rep. John Bennett is another House author. Here's his explanation of how he & Gann, and some other Platform Caucus members may very well provide the teacher pay raise that no other faction at the capitol has been able to accomplish in nearly 10 years.
Using Existing Money to Fund Teacher Pay Raises