2017-19

As the Legislature begins its second special session, OSPI offers a new K–12 plan

Yesterday the Legislature began the second special session of the year, because the Legislature has not come to an agreement on an operating budget or an education plan to comply with the state Supreme Court’s McCleary decision.

New brief: Senate- and House-Passed Capital Budgets Include About $1 Billion for Public Schools

Last week we published a two-page comparison of the capital budgets that have been passed by the Senate and House.

New today is a more detailed look at the proposals: Senate- and House-Passed Capital Budgets Include About $1 Billion for Public Schools. Briefly:

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 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.

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