Washington State

House of Representatives

Office of Program Research



Transportation Committee

HB 1160

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Brief Description: Making transportation appropriations for the 2019-2021 fiscal biennium.

Sponsors: Representatives Fey, Wylie, Slatter and Valdez; by request of Office of Financial Management.

Brief Summary of Bill

  • Makes biennial transportation appropriations for the 2019-21 biennium.

Hearing Date: 1/31/19

Staff: Amy Skei (786-7109).


The state government operates on a fiscal biennium that begins July 1 of each odd-numbered year. Supplemental budgets are typically enacted in each of the following two years after adoption of the biennial budget. Appropriations are made in the biennial and supplemental transportation budgets for the operation and capital expenses of state transportation agencies and programs.

Summary of Bill:

Appropriations totaling $10.1 billion are made for state transportation agencies and programs for the 2019-21 fiscal biennium from a number of transportation accounts. Capital-related appropriations total $5.4 billion, and operating-related appropriations total $4.7 billion. Some of the larger appropriations for the fiscal biennium include: $3.2 billion for the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Highway Improvements program; $1.6 billion for debt service; $773 million for the WSDOT Preservation program; and $567 million for the Washington State Patrol. Fund transfers and other provisions are made. Additional detail can be found at fiscal.wa.gov.

Appropriation: The bill contains multiple appropriations.

Fiscal Note: Not requested.

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