ESSB 5048

This analysis was prepared by non-partisan legislative staff for the use of legislative members in their deliberations. This analysis is not a part of the legislation nor does it constitute a statement of legislative intent.

As Passed Senate, March 23, 2017

Title: An act relating to fiscal matters.

Brief Description: Making operating appropriations for the 2015-2017 and 2017-2019 fiscal biennia.

Sponsors: Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Braun and Ranker; by request of Office of Financial Management).

Brief History:

Committee Activity: Ways & Means: 3/21/17, 3/22/17 [DPS, DNP].

Floor Activity:

Passed Senate: 3/23/17, 25-24.

Brief Summary of Engrossed First Substitute Bill

  • Makes biennial operating budget appropriations for the 2017-19 biennium.


Majority Report: That Substitute Senate Bill No. 5048 be substituted therefor, and the substitute bill do pass.

Signed by Senators Braun, Chair; Brown, Vice Chair; Rossi, Vice Chair; Honeyford, Vice Chair, Capital Budget ; Bailey, Becker, Fain, Padden, Rivers, Schoesler, Warnick and Zeiger.

Minority Report: Do not pass.

Signed by Senators Ranker, Ranking Minority Member; Rolfes, Assistant Ranking Minority Member, Operating Budget; Frockt, Assistant Ranking Minority Member, Capital Budget; Billig, Carlyle, Conway, Darneille, Hasegawa, Keiser, Miloscia and Pedersen.

Staff: Julie Murray (786-7711)

Background: The operating expenses of state government and its agencies and programs are funded on a biennial basis by an Omnibus Operating Budget adopted by the Legislature in odd-numbered years. State operating expenses are paid from the state general fund and from various dedicated funds and accounts.

Summary of Engrossed First Substitute Bill: Biennial appropriations for the 2017-19 fiscal biennium for the various agencies and programs of the state are enacted, including appropriations for general government agencies, human services programs, natural resources agencies, and education institutions.

Budget summary materials are available online at under the Budget Bills & Documents header.

Appropriation: Various.

Fiscal Note: Available. OFM requested ten-year cost projection pursuant to I-960.

Creates Committee/Commission/Task Force that includes Legislative members: No.

Effective Date: The bill contains an emergency clause and takes effect immediately.

Staff Summary of Public Testimony on Proposed Substitute: The committee recommended a different version of the bill than what was heard. Please refer to the March 21, 2017, recording of the public hearing on the Senate AV Capture All website at

Persons Testifying: K-12 Public Schools. PRO: Tim Eyman, citizen; Preston Dwoskin, citizen.

CON: Kim Mead, Washington Education Association; Emily Murphy, Children's Alliance; Dan Steele, WA Association of School Administrators; Terry Gardiner, citizen; Ruth Lipscomb, citizen; Tali Rausch, citizen; Melissa Taylor, citizen; Suca Petersen, citizen; Heather Lindberg, citizen; Ginny Lindberg, student.

OTHER: Katy Warren, Washington State Association of Headstart, ECEAP; Shauniece Quins, parent; Janis Traven, Washington Coalition for Gifted Education; David Berg, WCGE; Katie Johnson, School Nurse Organization of Washington; Doug Nelson, PSE/SEIU 1948; Trisha Kozu, Tiny Trees; Dave Mastin, OSPI; Samantha Fogg, parent; Ben Rarick, SBE; Jessica Vavrus, WA State School Directors' Association; Marie Sullivan, Washington State PTA.

Higher Education. CON: Joe Kendo, Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO; Tom Fitzsimmons, Independent Colleges of Washington; Jessi Bagdasarov, Bellevue College; Nora Selander, Associated Students of Western Washington University; Ben Rowe, Associated Students of Eastern Washington University; Anna Nepomuceno, Associated Students of University of Washington Tacoma; Marty Brown, Director, State Board for Community and Technical Colleges; Larry Brown, Vice Chair, State Board for Community and Technical Colleges; Tim Stokes, President, South Puget Sound Community College; Becca Kenna-Schnek, Western Washington University.

OTHER: Ed Lazowska, University of Washington; JoAnn Taricani, University of Washington Faculty Senate; Chris Mulick, Washington State University; Marc Webster, Washington Student Achievement Council; Joe Dacca, Director of State Relations, University of Washington; Colleen Rust, The Evergreen State College; Antonio Sanchez, Central Washington University; Michael Scott, Associated Students of Central Washington University; David Buri, Eastern Washington University; Kate White-Tudor, Washington Association of Community and Migrant Health Centers.

Natural Resources. PRO: Melissa Gombosky, Inland Empire Paper Company.

CON: Janet Wainwright, Columbia River Gorge Commissioner; Bruce Wishart, Sierra Club.

OTHER: Holli Johnson, Washington Food Industry Assoc.; Jim Hedrick, Port of Everett; Sara Lazkani, IslandWood; Mitsu Iwasaki, NW Outward Bound; Rachel Stendahl, citizen; Jeff Vanderpham, board member, Regional Fisheries Coalition.

Mental Health. PRO: Mike Hatchett, Washington Council for Behavioral Health.

CON: Matt Zuvich, citizen.

OTHER: Seth Dawson, National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI Washington; April Putney, King County; Lindsey Grad, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW; Gary Sandwick, CCS.

Other Human Services. PRO: Leslie Emerick, Home Care Assoc. of WA AArnp's of WA; Scott Sigmon, Lending Age; Jeff Gombosky, Washington Health Care Association; Brad Banks, Home Care Coalition; Kathyrn Kolan, Washington State Medical Association; Lee Phillips, Sunrise Services, Inc.

CON: Rob Van Tassell, Catholic Community Services of Western Washington; Jim Larson, Community Employment Alliance; Cary Morris, Childhaven; Connie Brown, Pierce County Human Services Coalition; Demas Nesterenko, SEIU775; Janelle Rothfolk, CCS Housing and Essential Needs Program; Mellani McAleenan, Washington State Dental Association; John Ficker, Adult Family Home Council; Michele Thomas, Washington Low Income Housing Alliance; Kate Baber, WA Low Income Housing Alliance; Noah Martin, Quaker Voice on Washington Public Policy; James McMahan, WA Assoc Sheriffs & Police Chiefs; Paul Berendt, Save the Children Action Network.

OTHER: Laurie Lippold, Partners for Our Children; Dr. Robyn Rogers, WA Chapter American Academy for Pediatrics; Melissa Johnson, Community Residential Services Assn.; Alex Hur, Statewide Poverty Action Network; Alison aMondi, WA Dental Service Foundation; Jim Theofelis, A Way Home WA; Michael Pugsley, Ashely House; Paul Benz, Faith Action Network; Liz Trautman, The Mockingbird Society; Katara Jordan, Building Changes; Lauren Frederick, WA Coalition for Homeless Youth Advocacy (WACHYA); Brandy Sincyr, Columbia Legal Services; Mary Fisher, Institute for Family Development/Associate Director; Diana Stadden, Arc of Washington; Noah Seidel, Self Advocates of Washington; Donna Patrick, Developmental Disabilities Council; Ashley Mares, citizen; Lynette Vehrs, Washington State Nurses Association; Christina Wong, Northwest Harvest; Claire Lane, Anti-Hunger & Nutrition Coalition; Michael Althauser, Columbia Legal Services; Melanie Smith, Wellspring Family Services; Theresa Adkinson, Administrator, Grant County Health District; Paul larsen, United Way of Thurston County/WIN 211; Eric Bailey, Alliance Nursing; Janica Lockart, Children's Home Society of WA; Tiffany Lyons, WA State Parent Allies Committee; Pamela Crone, WA State Coalition Against Domestic Violence; Nancy Sapiro, Jewish Federation and Jewish Family Services; Kate White Tudor, WA Assoc. Community and Migrant Health Centers/WA Assoc. Area Agencies on Aging.

All Other. PRO:  Eric Lohnes, Association of Washington Business; Lisa Thatcher, DentaQuest; Charlie Brown, Tacoma Public Schools; Karen Hanan, Executive Director, Washington State Arts Commission; Toni McKinley-Camp, Office of the Secretary of State, Legislative Director.

CON:  Steve Segall, citizen; Merritt Mount, Washington State Community Action Partnership; Michael White, Washington State Council of Fire Fighters; Seamus Petrie, Washington Public Employees Association; Brent Ludeman, BioTrack; Kodi Gaddis, Washington Federation of State Employees; Katie Nelson, Washington Federation of State Employees.

OTHER:  Greg Link, WA Appellate Project; Jim King, WA St. HV AC Industry Assn; Gary Smith, Independent Business Association; Josh Weiss, Washington State Association of Counties; David Williams, Association of Washington Cities; Michelle Woodrow, Teamsters 117; Joanne Moore, Washington State Office of Public Defense; Shiloh Schauer, Wenatchee Chamber of Commerce, Washington Tourism Alliance; Mark Johnson, Washington Retail Association; Josh McDonald, Washington Wine Institute; Bill Ziegler, citizen; Jim Bamberger, Office of Civil Legal Aid; James Thompson, Washington Ports; Kathryn Hedrick, School’s Out Washington.   

Persons Signed In To Testify But Not Testifying: K-12 Public Schools. PRO: Charlie Brown, Prepared Response Inc.

CON: Matthew Solomon, ESD 113.

Higher Education. No one.

Natural Resources. No one.

Mental Health. No one.

Other Human Services. No one.

All Other. No one.