Washington State University

Enacted Budget-Compromise

ENACTED 2017-19 BIENNIAL BUDGET

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 legislature did not pass a 2017-19 State Capital Budget before end of session. The Legislature has passed a Capital Budget in the 2018 Supplemental Session.

Capital Budget Supplemental Request

Capital Budget Supplemental Summary



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