Gov. Inslee unveiled his 2017 – 2019 budget in December 2016, a plan which fully funds education and makes record investments to transform the state’s mental health system. The governor’s education plan includes funding for teacher mentoring, support services for struggling and at-risk students, and maintains the tuition cut passed two-years ago.

The governor’s operating budget proposal also includes a proposal for restructuring how state government serves at-risk families and children to create a new Department of Children, Youth and Families. More information is available from the Office of Financial Management

Full detail on the governor's budget can be found on the Office of Financial Management website.

Current Work

  • Invest in K-12 education. Make significant investments in K-12 education to fulfill our constitutional obligations under the state Supreme Court’s McCleary decision and make strategic investments in services and programs that best increase student success.
  • Ensure protections for the most vulnerable. Hold the line against further cuts to services that protect the most vulnerable and help make sure children are healthy and ready to learn.
  • Build on Lean success. Continue building on our success in Lean management to further reduce wait times, improve services to our customers and clients, and save taxpayers millions of dollars.
  • Implement a sustainable budget. Provide funding to address the ongoing needs around our state.  

Key Successes


  • Results Washington teams developed improvement plans for nearly 200 goals, measured results and collaborated with partners and among state agencies on solutions. 
  • Gov. Inslee launched monthly Results Review meetings to assess progress. 
  • Thousands of state employees learned Lean principles to improve their work. 
  • Lean improvement efforts in state agencies resulted in faster permits, shorter forms, quicker responses to public disclosure requests and millions of dollars in savings.  
  • The 2016 supplemental budget includes funding to cover the costs of last year’s record wildfire season, make the technical and caseload adjustments required in any supplemental year to continue vital services to Washingtonians, pay for collective bargaining agreements, and continue to strengthen mental health funding and services. The Legislature also made progress on the next legislative commitments needed to reach agreement on major education funding improvements next year. The 2015–17 budget fully funded materials, supplies, and operating costs, and curriculum; full day kindergarten for all students beginning in 2016-17 school year; and made progress in reducing the K-3 class size. The governor will release his budget for the 2017 - 2019 biennium in December 2016.



  • Lean savings. Through Results Washington, the state has effectively engaged its employees, partners and the public in building a healthier, better-educated and more prosperous Washington. Initial reports from Results Washington show the state has saved millions of dollars in 2014, is reducing future costs, and better tracking outcomes of current state spending.


  • Hold-steady budget which invests in education, human services and other critical shortfalls.
    • Gov. Inslee and lawmakers crafted a budget that put more than $1 billion in K-12 education and put a freeze on college tuition, while protecting — and in some cases enhancing — funding for programs that protect our most vulnerable citizens and ensure public safety. They also addressed critical shortfalls in a few areas, such as state parks.
    • The budget fully embraced Medicaid expansion as allowed under the federal Affordable Care Act. By doing that, the state should save more than $300 million over two years.  
    • The 2013–15 capital budget included:
      • $3.6 billion for new projects statewide and provides $2.8 billion for the continuation of projects underway.
      • Approximately $600 million into new construction for K-12 education and ~$500 million to complete construction projects underway.
      • $56 million in housing investments for farmworkers, veterans, people with chronic mental illness and people with developmental disabilities.
      • $40 million in technologies that save energy, reduce energy costs, cut harmful air emissions and boost energy independence for Washington.


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