Washington State University

Proposed Budget - House


The House released its recommended 2017-19 biennial operating budget on March 27, 2017.  In the coming weeks, the House and Senate will agree to a conference or compromise budget that will be signed by the respective legislative leaders and then sent to the Governor for signature. The regular legislative session is scheduled to end on April 23, 2017.

Operating Budget

The House operating budget:

  • Freezes resident undergraduate tuition at 2016-17 rates for both years of the biennium. State appropriations are increased to offset lost revenue due to the tuition freeze.
  • 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 $1.086M in new funds for the study of long- and short-term effects of marijuana use.
  • Provides $1.58M in maintenance and operations funding (on a marginal basis) for new buildings.
  • Provides funding for implementation of Initiative 1433 which increases the minimum wage incrementally beginning January 2017 through 2020.
  • Provides funding for $500 stipends for books and course materials for qualifying spouses and children whose parent our spouse passed away, became totally disabled, or is considered a prisoner of war or missing in action due to military service.
  • Funds a twenty-four month child and adolescent psychiatry residency position in the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.
  • Provides $75,000 funding for honey bee research.
  • 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 $912/month per employee in fiscal year 2018 and to $1,041/month per employee in fiscal year 2019.
  • Expands the State Need Grant program to serve an additional 6,000 eligible students annually.


Capital Budget

House proposal includes:

  • Funds $38.1 million for construction of the Global Animal Health Building, Phase II
  • Funds $3 million design for the Tri-Cities Academic Building
  •  Funds $500,000 predesign for the Vancouver Life Sciences Building
  • Funds $1,000,000 toward the STEM Teaching Lab/Building Infrastructure Upgrades
  • Funds $28 million for Minor Capital Preservation
  • Funds $2M for continuation of JC Dream funding (joint center for deployment and research in earth abundant materials)
  • Includes the $10.115M preventative maintenance expenditures on capital as in previous biennia

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