2017-2019 OPERATING BUDGET SIDE-BY-SIDE
|$ in millions||State Appropriations|
|WSU Request Budget||Compromise Budget|
|2017-19 Maintenance Level||$ 451.1||$ 449.4|
|Medical Student Education||$ 10.8||$ 10.0|
|Retention, Compensaion, Benefits||$ 37.9||$ 15.4|
|Center for Engineering & Science in Advaned Manufacturing and Materials||$ 5.0||-|
|M&O for New Facilities||$ 1.0||-|
|Research for Spokane - One Health||$ 1.2||-|
|State Backfill for Tution Freeze||-||-|
|Resident Undergraduate/STEM Enrollment||-||-|
|Tuition Waiver Reduction||-||$ (1.6)|
|Children's Mental Health Residency||-||$ 0.6|
|Total 2017-19 Biennial Budget (State Appropriations)||$ 507.6||$ 476.6|
The legislature reconvened for a third special session on June 21st and on June 30th the compromise 2017-19 biennial operating budget was enacted.
Key provisions of Substitute Senate Bill 5883 are described below.
In summary, the budget:
- Assumes inflationary increases in resident undergraduate tuition of 2.2% in FY 2018 and 2.0% in FY 2019.
- Funds $10.0M of WSU’s $10.8M request for funding to support the first class of 60 students at the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine beginning fall of 2017.
- Provides for salary increases for state employees for both years of the biennium.
- Provides funding for implementation of Initiative 1433, which increases the minimum wage incrementally beginning January 2017 through 2020.
- Reduces the General Fund-State appropriation to WSU by $1.6M and assumes a reduction in tuition waivers to offset the reduction in state support.
- Provides $1.5M to the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine to develop an elk hoof disease-monitoring program.
- Suspends $1.0M in new marijuana research funding.
- Funds a twenty-four month child and adolescent psychiatry residency position in the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.
- Funds an assessment of the State’s growth management framework by the William D. Ruckelshaus Center
- Increases the state employee health insurance funding rate from $888/month to $913/month per employee in fiscal year 2018 and to $957/month per employee in fiscal year 2019.
- Expands the State Need Grant program to serve an additional 875 eligible students annually and awards are increased to keep pace with the assumed tuition increases.