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.) 

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:

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.

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.

New brief: Comparing the Education Funding Proposals, Second Edition

In a new policy brief, we provide a side-by-side comparison of the education funding plans that have been proposed by the governor and Legislature. This is an update of the comparison we published last month.

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.

House budget would strike levy accountability provisions enacted earlier this year

Earlier this year, the House passed an education funding plan (HB 1843). The House-passed 2017–19 operating budget would not fund that bill; instead, it would fund HB 2185. HB 2185 has not been heard by committee.

New brief: Senate-Passed 2017–19 Operating Budget Would Increase Spending by $4.9 billion

In a new policy brief, we delve into the Senate-passed 2017-19 operating budget. Briefly:

Appropriations Committee increases proposed spending by $28.6 million

On Tuesday, the House Appropriations Committee amended and passed the Chair's operating budget proposal. Amendments added $28.6 million in near general fund-state plus opportunity pathways (NGFS+) spending. Floor passage is expected tomorrow. 

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