Accounting for vetoes, 2019–21 operating budget increases spending by 18.4 percent

By: Emily Makings
8:19 am
June 7, 2019

The Legislative Evaluation & Accountability Program Committee has updated the 2019–21 operating budget figures to reflect the governor’s vetoes. The vetoes increase spending from funds subject to the outlook by a net of $21.3 million, bringing the total appropriations from funds subject to the outlook and the new workforce education investment account to $52.873 billion. That’s an increase of 18.4 percent over 2017–19 appropriations (as adopted in the 2018 supplemental).

The Legislature had reduced spending for 2019–21 by $22.5 million by cutting overtime costs, professional service contracts, travel, goods and services, and capital outlays at agencies with 100 or more employees. Gov. Inslee vetoed this provision, which accounts for the bulk of the fiscal impact of his vetoes. Other vetoes reduced spending by $1.2 million.

On Tuesday, the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council will adopt an official outlook based on the enacted budget.

(We published three briefs on the operating budget as passed by the Legislature: the first provides an overview, the second details appropriations, and the third details revenue changes.)

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