2017 Legislative Session– OPB Brief on House Appropriations Operating Budget Proposal
On Monday, leadership in the House Appropriations Committee released their initial operating budget proposal. This proposal follows last week’s release of the Senate operating proposal and December’s release of the Governor’s operating and capital proposals.
See the new OPB brief here for information regarding the House proposal, as well as a full comparison between current budget proposals.
Some noteworthy items in the House Appropriations operating budget proposal include:
- Compensation: Partially funds a 2 percent increase in FY18 and two 2 percent increases in FY19 for non-represented employees, and partially funds collective bargaining agreements for represented employees.
- Tuition Policy: Like the Governor’s proposal, the House would freeze resident undergraduate tuition across all public higher education institutions for two years, and would provide funding to cover the difference between the tuition freeze and incremental revenue expected under current policy.
- Undergraduate Enrollment: Adds $6 million to the UW over the biennium to increase degree production in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.
- Financial Aid: Appropriates $49.2 million to the State Need Grant to reduce the number of unserved, eligible students, by 25 percent (around 6000 students).
- Provisos: Adds new funding for several targeted efforts, including funding for the Regional Initiatives in Dental Education (RIDE Program)
In addition, the Senate Ways & Means committee released its proposed capital budget on Tuesday, and the OPB brief on the Senate’s proposals has been updated. Some highlights include:
- Funding to complete the Burke Museum ($24.2 million)
- Minor Works and Preventative Maintenance ($70.8 million from the UW Building Account)
- Major Infrastructure – Seismic Upgrades ($10 million)
- Population Health Sciences Building ($15 million)
- Health Sciences Education – T-wing Renovation ($10 million)
- Center for Advanced Materials and Clean Energy ($10 million)
- Evans School – Parrington Hall Renovation ($10 million)
The House has not released a capital budget as of the time of this posting, but that brief will be updated once that information is available.
Stay tuned to the OPBlog for updates on proposed budgets.