Washington State University

Proposed Budget-Senate

SENATE PROPOSED 2017-19 Biennial BUDGET

The Senate released its recommended 2017-19 biennial operating budget on March 21, 2017.  The Senate’s biennial capital budget was released on March 28, 2017. Ultimately, the Legislature 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 Senate operating 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 $7.2M to fund new resident undergraduate student enrollments, of which 70% must be students majoring in STEM programs.
  • Provides a flat $500 compensation increase in both years of the biennium for state employees.
  • Reduces the General Fund-State appropriation to WSU by $3.26M 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.
  • Provides partial funding for enhancing mental health services to students who are veterans.
  • Provides sufficient funding for State Need Grant to maintain existing service levels.

Capital Budget

The Senate released its proposed 2017-19 capital budget on March 28, 2017.  The proposal includes:

  • Funds $52 million construction of the Plant Sciences Building
  • Funds $23 million 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 $22.295 million for Minor Capital Preservation
  • Includes $10.115M preventative maintenance expenditures on capital as in previous biennia


Budget Office, PO Box 641041, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164-1041, 509-335-9681, Contact Us