Washington State University

Enacted Budget-Compromise


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.

Operating Budget

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.

Capital Budget

The 2017-19 state capital budget is pending.

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