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Washington State Agencies by Functional Area


State Board of Education, Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Other Education: State School for the Blind, State School for the Deaf, Work Force Training and Education Coordinating Board, State Library, Washington State Arts Commission, Washington State Historical Society, Eastern Washington State Historical Society.


Higher Education Coordinating Board, University of Washington, Washington State University, Eastern Washington University, Central Washington University, The Evergreen State College, Joint Center for Higher Education, Western Washington University, Community/Technical College System.




Washington State Health Care Authority, Human Rights Commission, Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals, Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, Department of Labor and Industries, Indeterminate Sentence Review Board, Health Care Policy Board, Department of Health, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Services for the Blind, Sentencing Guidelines Commission, Employment Security Department.


Office of the Governor, Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Public Disclosure Commission, Office of the Secretary of State, Governor's Office of Indian Affairs, Commission on Asian-Pacific American Affairs, Office of State Treasurer, Office of State Auditor, Commission on Salaries of Elected Officials, Office of Attorney General, Department of Financial Institutions, Community, Trade and Economic Development, Economic and Revenue Forecast Council, Office of Financial Management, Office of Administrative Hearings, Department of Personnel, State Capitol Committee, Deferred Compensation Committee, State Lottery Commission, Washington State Gambling Commission, Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs, Washington State Commission on African-American Affairs, Personnel Appeals Board, Department of Retirement Systems, State Investment Board, Department of Revenue, Board of Tax Appeals, Municipal Research Council, Uniform Legislation Commission, Office of Minority and Women's Business, Department of General Administration, Department of Information Services, Office of the Insurance Commissioner, State Board of Accountancy, Forensic Investigation Council, Washington Horse Racing Commission, Liquor Control Board, Utilities and Transportation Commission, Board for Volunteer Firefighters, Military Department, Public Employment Relations Commission, Growth Management Hearings Board, State Convention and Trade Center.

Legislative: House of Representatives, Senate, Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee, Legislative Transportation Committee, Legislative Evaluation and Accountability Program Committee, Office of State Actuary, Joint Legislative Systems Committee, Statute Law Committee.

Judicial: Supreme Court, State Law Library, Court of Appeals, Commission on Judicial Conduct, Office of Administrator for Courts, Office of Public Defense.


Department of Ecology, Department of Fish and Wildlife, Department of Natural Resources, Department of Agriculture, Office of Marine Safety, Columbia River Gorge Commission, Washington Pollution Liability Insurance Program, State Parks and Recreation Commission, Interagency Commission for Outdoor Recreation, Environmental Hearings Office, State Conservation Commission.


Board of Pilotage Commissioners, Washington State Patrol, Washington Traffic Safety Commission, Department of Licensing, Department of Transportation, County Road Administration Board, Transportation Improvement Board, Marine Employees' Commission, Transportation Commission.

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K-12 Education

Governor's 1997-99 proposal
$9,017.5 million
$9,677.1 million
Net change from 1995-97
$699.9 million
$635.3 million
Percent change from 1995-97

U NDER THE GOVERNOR'S operating budget proposal, General Fund-State (GF-S) support for public schools would increase by $699 million, an 8.4 percent change from the current biennium. His proposal fully funds enrollment growth, inflation, and salary cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) in basic education programs. The Governor's budget would increase support for education reform, technology in schools, and programs that promote children's health, and readiness to learn. Proposed increases are partially offset by reductions in discretionary funds and formula adjustments that better reflect actual costs for school districts.

In addition, the Governor is proposing state funding for levy equalization and a constitutional amendment to eliminate the 60 percent supermajority requirement for voter approval of local school levies. Finally, the Governor recommends state funds to replace the loss of $17 million in federal funds for child nutrition programs.

Key Proposals

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Higher Education

Governor's 1997-99 proposal $2,197.9 million $5,322.3 million 38,511.9
Net change from 1995-97 $230.9 million $357.0 million 809.4
Percent change from 1995-97 11.7% 7.2% 2.1%

T HE GOVERNOR'S HIGHER EDUCATION proposal for the 1997-99 Biennium increase General Fund-State (GF-S) and tuition fund support by $298.9 million. The recommended increase reflects the commitment of the Governor to expand higher education opportunities. Funds are provided to increase higher education enrollment and make improvements to the quality of learning and instruction.

The budget for higher education sustains the funding allocated for expanded enrollment in the 1995-97 Biennium and adds funds to support over 4,500 new students. As part of his effort to sustain current enrollment levels, the Governor proposes to continue the Employment and Training Trust Account and the Unemployed Worker program, thereby providing retraining for 7,200 students in the community and technical colleges. Significant increases are proposed for financial aid programs and work study. In addition, the Governor recommends the creation of a pre-paid tuition program to help families save for the higher education, while also proposing equitable and predictable tuition rates that are based on per capita personal income. The Governor's budget also invests in technology needed for effective instruction, and provides salary increases for faculty and staff to meet the rising cost of living and other demands.

Key Proposals

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