The final 2017-19 operating budget was passed and signed on Friday, narrowly averting a state government shutdown. Thanks to everyone who called, rallied, and met with lawmakers to call for a budget that invests in Washington. Here are some of the budget details:
Fully funds our 2017-2019 state employee contracts, including:
Some agency-specific program changes include:
You can see the whole budget, including agency-specific detail, here.
The final 2017-2019 operating budget details are out, with just hours to go to avoid a state government shutdown. This compromise budget fully funds and approves our state employee collective bargaining agreements. It includes the COLAs, the increased vacation accrual, and the specific increases for targeted job classes that our bargaining team negotiated last summer.
The budget still must pass the Senate, pass the House, and be signed by Governor Inslee before midnight tonight in order to avoid a shutdown.
The budget also includes:
More details are still emerging, stay tuned for updates.