Gov. Jay Inslee is proposing what he calls a “hold steady” supplemental budget for the 2014 Legislative Session. Click here for a link to the budget documents.
The $250 million supplemental budget includes maintenance-level increases for rising caseloads in K-12 education and corrections, increased participation in the College Bound scholarship program, wildfire funds and fixes to the 2013-15 biennial budget.
In continuing the state’s efforts to bolster its support for K-12 education, Inslee’s budget includes $3 million for new teacher mentoring, $1 million for the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Alliance and $250,000 for early warning dropout prevention.
The governor’s budget also includes $10.3 million to provide youth mental health services to high-need patients, $10.8 million in fire suppression costs for the Department of Natural Resources, and $5.1 million to open a new medium security unit at the Washington State Penitentiary.
The governor also highlighted the fact that one-time fixes used in the 2013-15 budget will not be available for the 2015-17 budget, leaving budget writers with many holes to fill in the next biennium.
The 2014 legislative session begins on Jan. 13.