The 2016 supplemental budget includes funding to cover the costs of last year’s record wild fire 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 increases school funding by $1.3 billion. The governor will release his budget for the 2017 - 2019 biennium in December 2016.
- 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.
- 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.
- More high school students are graduating.
- More college students are enrolling in high employer-demand fields.
- A record number of students are signing up for the College Bound Scholarship Program.
- Healthy, sustainable salmon and steelhead populations are rising.
- The entire state now meets federal air quality standards.
- Outdoor recreation on Washington’s public lands and in its waters is rising.
- Health and safety:
- The rate of teen pregnancy is decreasing.
- Cigarette smoking by teens is declining.
- More adults are getting outpatient mental health services.
- Recidivism is down among youth released from juvenile rehabilitation programs.
- The number of ex-offenders getting jobs after release from prison is rising.
- Speed-related traffic deaths are down.
- Effective government:
- Employee-driven Lean improvements have resulted in faster services, better outcomes, streamlined processes, easier-to-understand forms, cost avoidance, more transparency and higher customer satisfaction.
- 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.
- 2016 enacted supplemental budget
- Gov. Inslee's proposed 2016 supplemental budget and policy highlights
- 2015–17 budget highlights and charts
- Slides used in Gov. Inslee's proposed 2015-17 budget presentation on Dec. 18, 2014
- Gov. Inslee's Working Washington: Budget Priorities 2013–15
- Fact sheet: Giving Working Families a Break (3/4/2015)
- 2014 enacted supplemental budgets (4/4/2014)
- Gov. Inslee's proposed supplemental budget (12/17/2013)
Inslee signs updated bipartisan budget with wildfire and mental health funding, says next big lift on education remains
Statement from Gov. Jay Inslee on passage of supplemental operating budget
Statement from Inslee regarding bill action and budget negotiations
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