House-passed operating budget would spend $44.891 billion

On Friday, the House passed its 2017–19 operating budget proposal, in the form of a striking amendment to the Senate-passed budget (ESSB 5048). Floor amendments added $250,000 in near general fund–state plus opportunity pathways (NGFS+) spending, on top of amendments made in committee. Altogether, the House-passed budget would increase NGFS+ spending by $6.438 billion over 2015–17. Of that, policy changes total $3.252 billion.

According to an updated outlook, the proposal would leave an unrestricted ending fund balance of $13 million in 2017–19 2019-21. [Updated 4/10]

The chart below compares policy changes as passed by the House and Senate. (Click on it for a larger version.)

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