New brief: Comparing the Capital Budgets

The House and Senate have each passed capital budgets, but they differ by $157 million. In a new policy brief, we provide a side-by-side comparison of some of the major provisions of each proposal.

Exchange enrollment still increasing, with growth from non-subsidized customers

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange’s new Spring enrollment report shows that in February 2017, 182,232 customers had purchased qualified (private) health plans (QHP). The chart below shows the monthly enrollment numbers, as revised by the current report. (These are all plans that have been paid for.) 

New regulatory reform for small business

This week Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law House Bill 1120, a regulatory reform bill sponsored by state Rep. Norma Smith (R-Clinton). According to a news release from Rep. Smith, the legislation was

School-siting bill clears state House, heads to governor's desk

Legislation long sought by overcrowded school districts to grant flexibility for building new schools cleared its final legislative hurdle this week. The state House Tuesday approved changes made by the Senate last week to House Bill (or as it's now known as, Engrossed Substitute House Bill) 1017, which allows school districts - in some circumstances - to build schools outside of the state Growth Management Act's (GMA) mandated "urban growth areas."

Paid sick leave rulemaking is ongoing

Earlier this month, the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) released draft proposed rules for I-1433.

New brief: House-Passed 2017–19 Operating Budget Would Increase Spending by $6.4 Billion

In a new policy brief, we take a look at the House-passed operating budget. Briefly:

Policy Today podcast: Comparing the House & Senate budget plans

Today we're discussing the differences between the state House and state Senate budget plans in the Washington Legislature. We've got a handy new Policy Brief with a bar graph and chart comparing the two. With a scheduled April 23 adjournment date looming, and the House proposing $1.5 Billion more in tax revenues than the Senate, it seems unlikely lawmakers will complete their business in the regular session; a "special" session appears likely.

New brief: Comparing the Operating Budgets

In a new policy brief, we provide a short comparison of the 2017-19 operating budget proposals, as passed by the Senate and House.

UPDATE: We've recorded a Policy Today podcast discussing the differences between the House and Senate budget plans. You can listen to it here.

Pew Research: More than two-thirds of federal spending goes to social insurance

The Pew Research Center last week broke down how federal dollars are spent. The vast majority of spending is on social-insurance programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid:

Our education funding comparison table has been updated

Yesterday we posted a policy brief comparing the various education funding proposals. After publication, we received additional information from the Office of Financial Management that allowed us to fill in some of the holes regarding Gov. Inslee's proposal.

Also, we changed the first row of the table to show the full NGFS+ policy change for K-12 in each proposed budget. Previously we had attempted to tease out the policy changes related to McCleary, but that's tricky given the major changes the proposals would make to public schools funding. This should be a cleaner comparison.

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