SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL 5963
State of Washington
2019 Regular Session
BySenate Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senator Rolfes)
READ FIRST TIME 03/01/19.
AN ACT Relating to requiring the state budget outlook to include an inflationary increase to the cost of employee and provider salaries, wages, and rates; amending RCW 82.33.060
; and declaring an emergency.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
and 2012 1st sp.s. c 8 s 4 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) To facilitate compliance with, and subject to the terms of, RCW 43.88.055
, the state budget outlook work group shall prepare, subject to the approval of the economic and revenue forecast council under RCW 82.33.010
, an official state budget outlook for state revenues and expenditures for the general fund and related funds. In odd-numbered years, the period covered by the November state budget outlook shall be the current fiscal biennium and the next ensuing fiscal biennium. In even-numbered years, the period covered by the November state budget outlook shall be the next two ensuing fiscal biennia. The revenue and caseload projections used in the outlook must reflect the most recent official forecasts adopted by the economic and revenue forecast council and the caseload forecast council for the years for which those forecasts are available.
(2) The outlook must:
(a) Estimate revenues to and expenditures from the state general fund and related funds. The estimate of ensuing biennium expenditures must include maintenance items including, but not limited to, continuation of current programs, forecasted growth of current entitlement programs, and actions required by law, including legislation with a future implementation date. Beginning in the 2019-2021 fiscal biennium, estimates of maintenance items for the ensuing biennium expenditures must also include an inflationary increase to salaries of public employees and wages and rates for providers considered employees solely for the purposes of collective bargaining that is based on the implicit price deflator, compiled by the bureau of economic analysis, United States department of commerce. Estimates of ensuing biennium expenditures must exclude policy items including, but not limited to, legislation not yet enacted by the legislature, collective bargaining agreements not yet approved by the legislature, and changes to levels of funding for employee salaries and benefits unless those changes are required by statute. Estimated maintenance level expenditures must also exclude costs of court rulings issued during or within fewer than ninety days before the beginning of the current legislative session;
(b) Address major budget and revenue drivers, including trends and variability in these drivers;
(c) Clearly state the assumptions used in the estimates of baseline and projected expenditures and any adjustments made to those estimates;
(d) Clearly state the assumptions used in the baseline revenue estimates and any adjustments to those estimates; and
(e) Include the impact of previously enacted legislation with a future implementation date.
(3) The outlook must also separately include projections based on the revenues and expenditures proposed in the governor's budget documents submitted to the legislature under RCW 43.88.030
(4) The economic and revenue forecast council shall submit state budget outlooks prepared under this section to the governor and the members of the committees on ways and means of the senate and house of representatives, including one copy to the staff of each of the committees, as required by this section.
(5) Each January, the state budget outlook work group shall also prepare, subject to the approval of the economic and revenue forecast council, a state budget outlook for state revenues and expenditures that reflects the governor's proposed budget document submitted to the legislature under chapter 43.88
RCW. Within thirty days following enactment of an operating budget by the legislature, the work group shall prepare, subject to the approval of the economic and revenue forecast council, a state budget outlook for state revenues and expenditures that reflects the enacted budget.
(6) All agencies of state government shall provide to the supervisor immediate access to all information relating to state budget outlooks.
(7) The state budget outlook work group must publish its proposed methodology on the economic and revenue forecast council web site. The state budget outlook work group, in consultation with the economic and revenue forecast work group and outside experts if necessary, must analyze the extent to which the proposed methodology for projecting expenditures for the ensuing fiscal biennia may be reliably used to determine the future impact of appropriations and make recommendations to change the outlook process to increase reliability and accuracy. The recommendations are due by December 1, 2013, and every five years thereafter.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 2. This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and takes effect immediately.
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