Workforce Education Investment Account. The Workforce Education Investment Account (WEIA) was established in 2019 for higher education purposes. The WEIA is funded from two business and occupation (B&O) tax sources. First, 14.3 percent of the revenue collected from the 1.75 percent B&O tax rate on businesses earning more than $1 million annually that conduct services and activities not classified elsewhere is deposited in WEIA. Second, the additional 1.22 percent surcharge on advanced computing businesses with a worldwide gross income in excess of $25 billion is also deposited in WEIA. The WEIA may only be used for higher education programs, higher education operations, higher education compensation, and state-funded student aid programs.
WEIA is modified to require that the greater amount of either all funds derived from the surcharge on advanced computing businesses or at least 15 percent of the account be used only for higher education programs that lead to a credential in advanced computer or a related field, to increase access and equity.