State Budget

Senate- and House-Passed Capital Budgets Include About $1 Billion for Public Schools  May 4, 2017

Comparing the Capital Budgets  April 27, 2017

House-Passed 2017–19 Operating Budget Would Increase Spending by $6.4 Billion  April 17, 2017

Comparing the Operating Budgets  April 11, 2017

Senate-Passed 2017–19 Operating Budget Would Increase Spending by $4.9 billion  April 3, 2017

Gov. Inslee's 2017-19 Operating Budget Proposal Would Significantly Increase Spending and Taxes  Jan. 17, 2017

How Medicaid and Prescription Drug Spending Impact the State Budget  Nov. 15, 2016

2016 Supplemental Operating Budget Doesn't Increase Taxes But Does Tap the Rainy Day Fund  April 5, 2016

Supplemental Maintenance Level Changes Are Driven By the Health Care Authority  March 7, 2016

Senate-Passed Supplemental Operating Budget Would Modestly Increase Spending Within Existing Revenues  February 29, 2016

House-Passed Supplemental Operating Budget Would Increase Spending, Increase Taxes, and Tap the Rainy Day Fund  February 26, 2016

Gov. Inslee’s Teacher Shortage Proposal: Good Policy, Bad Timing?  January 28, 2016

Gov. Inslee’s 2016 Supplemental Operating Budget Proposal Would Increase 2015–17 Spending by 1.4 Percent  January 14, 2016

Improving Economy Allows for Significant Spending on Education Without New Taxes  July 17, 2015

A Current Law Transportation Budget is Enacted; Will a New Transportation Revenue Package be Next?  June 26, 2015

The 2015–17 Budget Undercard: Capital Appropriations  June 9, 2015

College Affordability, Two Ways  May 4, 2015

Levy Swap: Tax Increases, Tax Reductions, Unanswered Questions April 20, 2015

2015-17 Operating Budget: Spending Priorities  April 10, 2015

Gov. Inslee's Capital Gains Tax Proposal. February 9, 2015

Higher Education Policy and the State Budget  January 26, 2015

Governor Inslee’s 2015–17 Operating Budget Proposal  January 22, 2015

2015–17 Budget Preview: McCleary Not the Only Cloud on the Budget Horizon  August 19, 2014

Initiative 1351 Class Size Reduction: A $4.7 Billion Unfunded Mandate with Dubious Educational Merit  August 13, 2014

The 2014 Supplemental Budget Increases Education Spending, Holds Line on New Taxes, and Fails to Extend R&D Credits  March 20, 2014

House- and Senate-Passed 2014 Supplementals are Mostly Similar, but Present Distinct Options  March 6, 2014

House Appropriations Chair's Proposed 2014 Supplemental Largely Tracks Senate Proposal  February 27, 2014

Senate Ways and Means Chair's Proposed 2014 Supplemental Increases Education Spending, Reduces Taxes  February 25, 2014

Minimal Changes to 2013-15 Budget in Gov. Inslee's Proposed Supplemental  January 14, 2014

2013-15 Operating Budget Mostly Avoids New Taxes, Prioritizes Education  July 12, 2013

Assumptions Gap Divides Legislative Budget Proposals  May 2, 2013

House Would Tax and Spend over $1 Billion More than Senate in 2013-15  April 17, 2013

Increasing Education Spending in 2013-15: New Taxes or Re-Prioritization?  April 5, 2013

Revenue and Caseload Forecasts Set the Stage for Budget Writers  March 29, 2013

Governor Gregoire's 2013-15 Budget Proposal  January 9, 2013

Increasing the 2011-13 Capital Budget  May 24, 2012

Balancing the Operating Budget  May 14, 2012

A Small Step for Public Pension Reform  May 11, 2012

Changes to Public School Employee Health Insurance Coverage  May 4, 2012

Legislature Closes the 2011-13 Budget Gap, At Last  April 20, 2012

Comparing House and Senate Supplemental Budgets  March 8, 2012

House Ways & Means Chair's Proposed 2012 Supplemental  February 24, 2012

The First 2012 Supplemental Budget  February 1, 2012

The Drag of Unfunded Commitments  January 24, 2012

Governor's 2012 Supplemental Budget Proposal  December 5, 2011

The Budget Arc: State Spending from Expansion to Recession, 2003-2013  November 8, 2011

I-1163: Once, Twice, Still Not a Priority  October 7, 2011

SJR 8206: A Prudent Savings Measure  September 19, 2011

State Analysts and WRC Agree: I-1183 Generates Positive State/Local Revenues  September 16, 2011

The 2011-13 Budget and the Upcoming Revenue Forecast  September 6, 2011

Higher Education: State Funding Down, Tuition Up  May 6, 2011

Class Sizes Up, Compensation Down for Public Schools  May 2, 2011

For Human Services, Cuts All Around  April 27, 2011

So Close and Yet So Far Away  April 22, 2011

Reforming Public Pensions  April 20, 2011

Senate Ways & Means Chair's Budget Plan Cuts Deeper Than House  April 14, 2011

House Democrats' Budget Plan is a Good Starting Point  April 6, 2011

March Forecast: Revenue Down, Uncertainty Up  March 18, 2011

After Supplemental Number Four, 2009-11 Budget Still Not Balanced  February 25, 2011

House Passes Incomplete Supplemental Budget  January 27, 2011

Governor Gregoire's 2011-13 Budget Proposal  December 24, 2010

Governor's Proposed 2011 Supplemental Budget  December 22, 2010

In and Out: Second 2010 Special Session Lasts One Day  December 14, 2010

Initiative 1053: Requiring a Two-Thirds Majority to Increase Taxes  September 29, 2010

Referendum 52: $505 Million to Fund Energy Savings at Universities, Colleges, and Public Schools  September 29, 2010

The 2010 Supplemental Budget  May 12, 2010

The Senate and House Spending Plans  March 11, 2010

Update on the House and Senate Tax Packages  March 10, 2010

Legislature Considers Bills that Would Increase Tort Costs  March 1, 2010

Governor Gregoire's Tax Package  February 23, 2010

House Bill 3176: "An act relating to increasing state revenues to preserve funding for education, public safety, health care, and safety net services for elderly, disabled, and vulnerable people by preventing abusive tax avoidance transactions, narrowing or eliminating certain tax preferences, and providing equitable tax treatment"  February 12, 2010

Gregoire Presents Book 2 Budget  January 15, 2010

The Economic Impact of Hiking Taxes to Close the Budget Gap  January 8, 2010

Governor Gregoire Presents Current Revenue Supplemental Budget  December 11, 2009

Seven in a Row: State Revenue Forecast Reduced Again November 20, 2009

Are We There Yet? State Revenue Forecast Reduced Again  September 17, 2009

Time Will TEL: Voters to Decide the Fate of Initiative 1033  September 10, 2009

Senate and House Budget Proposals Kick the Gap Forward to 2011-13  (WashACE)  April 10, 2009

Biennial Revenue Still Growing -- Barely  (WashACE)  March 20, 2009

June Reduction to Revenue Forecast Widens 2009-11 Budget Gap  (WashACE)  June 23, 2008

House and Senate Turn Attention to the 2008 Supplemental Budget  March 10, 2008

Revenue Forecast Lowered  February 19, 2008

Governor Gregoire's Supplemental Budget Would Boost Spending by $234 Million  January 14, 2008

Looking Forward to a Rainy Day in November  September 28, 2007

Supreme Court Rejects Bid to Quash Initiative 960, Measure Moves to the November Ballot  September 11, 2007

Senate and House Head Towards a Compromise Budget  April 17, 2007

One Thing You Can Count on in Olympia is a Rainy Day  March 1, 2007

Building Us Up for a Fall? Construction and State Tax Revenue  February 27, 2007

Connecting With Health Care  February 26, 2007

Gain-Sharing Pain Sharing  February 22, 2007

Governor Gregoire Proposes 2007-09 Budget with $1.2 Billion Structural Deficit  January 3, 2007

Restoring the General Fund in 2007  (WashACE)  November 17, 2006

Fully Recognizing the Benefits of Retirement  April 5, 2006

House Supplemental Budget Has Familiar Look  February 23, 2006

Senate Budget: Not Quite Restrained Enough  February 21, 2006

Public Retirement Program: Brain-Drain vs. Retire-Rehire  February 17, 2006

Contracting: Unfulfilled Promise of Personnel Reform  (WashACE)  February 2, 2006

Misguided Pension Benefit May Cost Billions  January 27, 2006

Diagnosing Health Care Spending Growth  January 20, 2006

Gregoire Presents Budget Plan -- Legislature Must Protect Reserves  December 29, 2005

Too Little Discipline  March 31, 2005

Washington's Infrastructure Needs: Governance and Decision-Making  January 26, 2005

Washington's Infrastructure Needs: Innovative Funding, Financing and Management Tools  January 26, 2005

Washington's Infrastructure Needs: Current Funding and Financing Tools  December 22, 2004

Washington's Infrastructure Needs: Plans, Funding and Gaps  December 22, 2004

State Budget Intact, For Now  July 8, 2003

Be Wary of Call for Exemption Review  April 15, 2003

With Senate Budget, State "Lives within its Means"  April 7, 2003

Revenue Forecast Reduced   March 20, 2003

No Rush to Fund Collective Bargaining Agreement for Home Care Workers  March 17, 2003

Medical Assistance Challenges Policymakers  January 22, 2003

Governor's Budget Sets Priorities, Lives Within Means  December 20, 2002

The Medical Assistance Challenge  December 13, 2002

Public Funding for Health and Human Services in King County  September 18, 2002

Closing the Budget Gap is Now a Major Competitiveness Challenge  September 17, 2002

2002 Budget Act: Supplemental but Not Sustainable  April 25, 2002

A First Look at the Supplemental Budget  March 20, 2002

An Insecure Plan for Tobacco Fund Securitization  March 7, 2002

Senate Budget Plan Cuts Biennial Spending 1.4 Percent  March 7, 2002

Caseload Increases Drive Up State Costs  March 4, 2002

State Revenue Forecast Reduced Again  February 19, 2002

$34.3 Million Bond Issue for Police Facilities Goes to Tacoma Voters February 5  January 28, 2002

The Governor's Recession Budget  December 19, 2001

State Revenue Forecast Reduced  November 20, 2001

Initiative 775: Wrong Road to Quality Care  October 25, 2001

Initiative 773 -- Fiscal Smoke and Mirrors  October 22, 2001

Revenue Down  September 19, 2001

At Last A Budget  July 6, 2001

Ten-year, $17.2 Billion Transportation Plan Proposed by Governor  May 4, 2001

With House Budget, Sustainability Challenges Lessen Only Slightly  May 3, 2001

Tacoma Bonds x 4  April 27, 2001

House Drops $22.7 Billion "Reality" Budget, Sets Stage for Negotiations  April 26, 2001

Projections Reveal Budget Challenges Ahead  April 4, 2001

Senate Introduces $22.8 Billion 2001-2003 Budget Plan: Creative, Generous and Unsustainable  March 29, 2001

Senate Passes Skinny Transportation Budget  March 28, 2001

March Revenue Forecast Released  March 20, 2001

Governor's Transportation Budget Reflects Blue Ribbon Recommendations  February 27, 2001

Governor's Proposed Budget Pushes the Limit  December 21, 2000

Lawmakers Face Toughest Budget Challenge Since 1993  December 14, 2000

What if all the initiatives pass? Major impact on state budget  October 26, 2000

I-745: So Many Roadblocks, So Little Time  October 13, 2000

Initiative 745: Paved with Good Intentions  October 12, 2000

Final Legislative Budget Good Enough  June 20, 2000

Senate Passes Third Budget; Still No Charm  March 30, 2000

Bipartisan Budget Clears House  March 23, 2000

Senate Produces Supplemental Budget  March 6, 2000

Legislature Should be Cautious in Reducing Reserves  March 3, 2000

House Republicans and Democrats Offer Competing Transportation Plans  March 1, 2000

House Democrats Present Budget: Spending Up, 601 Challenged  February 25, 2000

House Republicans' Supplemental Budget Provides Transportation Funding, Relief to Local Government  February 22, 2000

Bill Roundup  February 17, 2000

Revenue Forecast Up $116 Million for this Biennium and $198 Million for 2001-2003  February 17, 2000

Fiscal Proposals Threaten Spending Limit  February 10, 2000

Spending Up in Governor's 1999-2001 Supplemental Budget -- Is I-601 Down?  December 23, 1999

City and County Impacts Vary Widely  October 1, 1999

Let's Vote on It  October 1, 1999

Summing It Up: Upon Reflection, I-695 Still a Bad Idea  October 1, 1999

Transportation and Transit Lose Plenty  October 1, 1999

Surplus Won't Cover Shortfall  September 30, 1999

MVET Off, Property Tax On, and Other Tax Consequences  September 30, 1999

Not Much Discretion in the $45 Billion Budget  September 30, 1999

Wrap-Up of the 1999-2001 Budget  July 23, 1999

Lowry and Huff Examine the Effects of I-601  June 4, 1999

Unfinished Business  May 13, 1999

Economic Development/Senate Budget  April 23, 1999

Senate Offers Biennial Budget  April 23, 1999

Generous Pay Raises for Teachers  April 9, 1999

$240 Million Separates House Democratic and Republican Budget Plans  April 2, 1999

Supplemental Budget Duels  March 31, 1999

House Supplemental Budget  March 17, 1999

1999 Supplemental Budget General Fund State: Senate Version  February 15, 1999

Governor asks for $73 million in supplemental spending  January 22, 1999

Governor's Proposed Budget Boosts Education Spending  January 22, 1999

How Washington Compares  1999

Key Budget Actions: The Supplemental Budget  June 17, 1998

Revenue Forecast for Next Biennium: Up 7.5%  February 27, 1998

Debt Service  January 30, 1998

General Fund Overview  January 30, 1998

Key Budget Actions; Revenues and Expenditures  August 8, 1997

1997-1999 General Fund State Budget Summary  April 9, 1997

Taxing Power: Electric Utility Taxes in a Competitive Environment  February 11, 1997

The Citizens' Guide to School Districts  1997

Too Much Earmarking, Dedicating Funds  July 31, 1996

Looking Ahead to the Next Biennium  June 21, 1996

What Works for Welfare? Recent Experiences in Washington and Oregon  March 5, 1996

Supplemental Budget will contain Minimal New Spending  March 1, 1996

Key issues separate budget committee members  April 19, 1995

House increases spending $1 billion, $665 million below Governor's plan  March 30, 1995

Washington State Fiscal Trends 1983-85 -- 1993-95  March 1995

Confronting employee compensation  February 24, 1995

Spending up $1.5 billion in governor's $18 billion budget plan  January 30, 1995

The Citizens' Guide to School Districts  1995

Takin' It to the Limit: An Assessment of Initiatives 601 and 602, Second Edition  October 4, 1993

Takin' It to the Limit: A Preliminary Assessment of the Impacts of Initiatives 601 and 602  June 9, 1993

State general fund budget balanced, barely  September 3, 1991

Public employee health benefit costs rising fast  May 10, 1991

Adding up state employee pay hikes  May 10, 1991

Uncovering the budget: A revealing look at state fiscal practices  February 19, 1991

Legislature approves local government aid package; sends property tax measure to voters  July 18, 1990

Supplemental budget sets stage for 1991-93  May 1990

State operating deficit continues  March 1, 1990

Spending proposal continues operating deficit  January 22, 1990

Children's Programs in Washington State  September 1989

Paying for Long-Term Care  December 1988

How Washington Compares: State and Local Revenue and Expenditures -- FY76 to FY86  July 1988

Most Businesses Require Employee Contributions for Health Care Premiums, Consultant Tells State  March 4, 1988

House Supplemental Budget Would Add $130 Million to Already Approved $10.2 Billion Budget for 1987-89  March 4, 1988