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WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY 2020 Supplemental Budget

2020 SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET SIDE-BY-SIDE

$ in millions State Appropriations   
WSU Request BudgetGoverner's BudgetHouse BudgetSenate BudgetCompromise Budget
Total 2019-21 Biennial Budget $506.7$506.7$506.7$506.7$506.7
Addressing Sexual Misconduct -$0.1-$0.1
Community Solar -$0.2$0.3-$0.3
Compensation for IT Reclass $1.1----
Domestic Violence Risk Assesment -$0.1--
Higher Education Common Application --$0.3$0.3
MESA Expasion Everett -$0.1-$0.1
Pesticides ---$0.3
Photovoltaic Module Study-$0.0-$0.0
Ruckelshaus District Energy Study -$0.1-$0.1
Soil Health Initiative $0.8--$0.8$0.8
Solar Siting Pilot Project--$0.5$0.5
Stormwater program (23R-1 Fund)-$0.1-$0.1
Traffic Stop Study -$0.0-$0.0
Veterans Mental Health Coundelor --$0.0$0.0
Central Services & Other $1.0$0.2$0.1$0.8
Total 2020 Supplemental Budget (State Appropriations) $508.6$507.9$507.6$508.4$510.1

WASHINGTON 2020 CONFERENCE SUPPLEMENTAL OPERATING BUDGET

The Conference Operating Budget, a result of compromise between the Washington House and Senate, includes over $42 million in additional higher education funding to maintain solvency in the Workforce Education Investment Account, which funds the Washington College Grant program, and an additional $14.8 million to meet an estimated caseload increase in the Washington College Grant.

WSU’s supplemental operating budget includes requested funding of $788,000 for expansion of the Soil Health Initiative. The budget also includes one-time funding of $299,000 to implement a new Common Application for student applicants to higher education institutions in the state of Washington.

The budget includes new funding of $800,000 for the WSU Extension Energy Program. This includes funding for a solar siting pilot project and to expand access to renewable energy through community solar projects, which is contingent on proposed legislation.

Funding of $130,000 was provided for WSU to implement House Bill 2327. The bill directs institutions of higher education to implement new procedures to both better screen for job applicants who have committed sexual misconduct at a previous employer and help other institutions do the same when considering applicants who have been employed by WSU.

Additional funding items include: $135,000 for a Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA) program at WSU-Everett; $280,000 for WSU to pass through to the Washington State Commission on Pesticide Registration for research of alternative pest control strategies; $128,000 for a Ruckelshaus Center study of energy systems in Bellingham; $25,000 was included for a collaborative study on bias in traffic stops and $42,000 was received for a veteran’s mental health counselor. Other adjustments include minor modifications to central service charges and benefit rates.

WSU did not receive full funding for the cost of IT reclassifications that were effective July 1, 2019, which was included in WSU’s supplemental operating budget request.

The legislature adjourns on March 12, 2020, and the governor will then have the opportunity to consider potential vetoes to the supplemental operating budget.

WASHINGTON SENATE 2020 SUPPLEMENTAL OPERATING BUDGET

The Senate released its 2020 supplemental operating budget on February 24, 2020. The budget includes over $20 million in additional higher education funding to meet an estimated caseload increase in the Washington College Grant. Very little was directed to institutions

WSU’s supplemental operating budget includes requested funding of $788,000 for expansion of the Soil Health Initiative. Funding of $299,000 was also received to implement a new Common Application for student applicants to higher education institutions in the state of Washington.

WSU did not receive requested funding for the cost of IT reclassifications that were effective July 1, 2019.

Ultimately, the Legislature will agree to a conference or compromise budget, which will be signed by the respective House and Senate leaders and then sent to the Governor for signature. The regular legislative session runs from January 13th through March 12th, 2020.

WASHINGTON HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 2020 SUPPLEMENTAL OPERATING BUDGET

The House released its 2020 supplemental operating budget on February 24, 2020. The budget includes over $40 million in additional higher education funding to meet an estimated caseload increase in the Washington College Grant and other expected education-related expenditures. Very little was directed to institutions.

WSU’s supplemental operating budget includes new funding of $300,000 for the WSU Extension Energy Program. This includes funding to expand access to renewable energy through community solar projects and is contingent on proposed legislation.

Funding of $149,000 was provided for WSU to implement House Bill 2327, which directs institutions of higher education to conduct a campus climate assessment to gauge the prevalence of sexual misconduct on their campuses and to implement new policies and procedures that would screen for potential employees who have committed sexual misconduct at a previous employer.

Funding was also provided for a Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA) program at WSU-Everett.  Other adjustments include minor modifications to central service charges and benefit rates.  WSU did not receive funding for the two request items in our supplemental budget, specifically, expanded research funding for soil health and full funding for the cost of IT reclassifications that were effective July 1, 2019.

Ultimately, the Legislature will agree to a conference or compromise budget, which will be signed by the respective House and Senate leaders and then sent to the Governor for signature. The regular legislative session runs from January 13th through March 12th, 2020.

GOVERNOR INSLEE’S 2020 SUPPLEMENTAL OPERATING BUDGET

Governor Inslee released his 2020 supplemental operating budget on December 18, 2019. The budget includes modest adjustments to the enacted biennial budget, and calls for new strategic State investment to address homelessness, expand early learning, and promote workplace inclusivity.

For higher education, the budget includes an additional $28 million of funding for the Washington College Grant program to serve estimated numbers of eligible students.

WSU’s supplemental operating budget includes new funding of $237,000 for the WSU Extension Energy Program. This funding would expand access to renewable energy through community solar projects and is contingent on proposed legislation. Other adjustments include minor modifications to central service charges and benefit rates.  WSU did not receive funding for the two request items in our supplemental budget, specifically, expanded research funding for soil health and full funding for the cost of IT reclassifications that were effective July 1, 2019.

Both the House and Senate will draft supplemental budgets during the legislative session that convenes in January.  Ultimately, the Legislature will agree to a conference or compromise budget, which will be signed by the respective House and Senate leaders and then sent to the Governor for signature. The regular legislative session runs from January 13th through March 12th, 2020.