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    • Headlines : Alabama, Alaska, Illinois, Kentucky, Kansas, New Hampshire , North Carolina , Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Washington, Arizona, California, Missouri, New York, New Jersey

      Williams Report - August 18, 2015

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | August 18, 2015

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      Williams Report - July 20, 2015

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | July 20, 2015

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    • Headlines : Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts , Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Washington

      Williams Report - July 8, 2015

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | July 8, 2015

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    • Headlines : Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, New Hampshire , New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Washington

      Williams Report - July 1, 2015

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | July 1, 2015

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    • Headlines : Alabama, Alaska, California, Iowa, Maine , New Hampshire , South Carolina, Texas, Washington, New Jersey, Nevada

      Williams Report - June 3, 2015

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | June 3, 2015

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    • Headlines : Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts , New York, New Jersey, Texas, Washington, Michigan, Missouri

      Williams Report - April 23, 2015

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | April 23, 2015

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    • Research

      Look Out For These Pension Gimmicks

      State Budget Solutions | by Joe Luppino-Esposito, Bob Williams | April 15, 2015

      States have a few tricks up their sleeves to hide true pension liabilities.

    • Headlines : Alaska, Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Kansas, Georgia, New Hampshire , New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington

      Williams Report - April 7, 2015

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | April 7, 2015

       

       

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      Williams Report - March 31, 2015

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | March 31, 2015

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    • Research

      E-Cigarettes Poised to Save Medicaid Billions

      State Budget Solutions | by J. Scott Moody | March 31, 2015

      Electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) have only been around since 2006, yet their potential to dramatically reduce the damaging health impacts of traditional cigarettes has garnered significant attention and credibility. 


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    • Budget timeframe: Biennial

      Fiscal Year begins: July 1 

      The current state budget can be found here, and the supplemental budget can be found here.

      Find the legislative session calendar here.

      Find the current legislative leaders here.

       

      WA Gov. GregoireGov. Chris Gregoire
      Office of Governor Chris Gregoire
      P.O. Box 40002
      Olympia, WA 98504-0002
      Phone: (360) 902-4111
      Fax: (360) 753-4110
      http://www.governor.wa.gov/

       

       

       

      David Schumacher, Director
      Office of Financial Management
      P.O. Box 43113
      Olympia, WA 98504-3113
      Phone (360) 902-0555
      http://www.ofm.wa.gov/
      ofm.budget@ofm.wa.gov

       

      Want a more robust, long-term look at your state's fiscal health, beyond the budget? There are two parts: Click here for the FY2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) compiled by the state government, and click here for information on the state's pension liabilities

       

      Washington is required to pass a "balanced budget." Section 43.88.033 of the State law mandates the budget shall not propose expenditures in excess of the statutory limit. Section 43.88.050 requires the governor to ensure anticipated revenues match estimated expenditures. Section 43.88.110(5) requires the governor to make an "across-the-board" reduction in allotments to funds to prevent any cash deficits due to projected cash deficits. Section 43.135.025 limits state expenditures to the previous year's appropriations limit plus the fiscal growth factor, which is the average growth in state personal income for the preceding ten years. In spite of these provisions, the State's Budgetary Comparison Schedules reported budget deficits (negative net transactions) for each of the three years examined. Washington law forbids the carrying over of a deficit from one year to the next.

       

      Washington is engaged in a practice called budgeting for fiscal discipline. Instead of the varying assumptions inherent in other states' budgets, Washington estimates revenue to grow at a fixed rate, and caps spending accordingly. While this system has varying degrees of success, keeping any shortfalls in revenue from getting out of hand, Washington also requires the budget document to conform to generally accepted accounting principles, as applicable to states.

      The State's major governmental funds are the General Fund, Higher Education Special Revenue Fund and the Higher Education Endowment Permanent Fund. Of the three major governmental funds, only the General Fund is budgeted. Some non-major funds are budgeted. But judging from the differences between actual and budgeted figures, it is likely that few of the total governmental funds are budgeted. Budgetary information within the Budgetary Comparison Schedules are not efficiently ordered and do not include the necessary "total" columns.  [from the Institute for Truth in Accounting]

       

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    • RESEARCH

      Common Core Costs: Examining California's Five Largest School Districts

      State Budget Solutions | by Hannah Oh | September 16, 2014

      There seems to be an endless amount of controversy surrounding the Common Core. Vocal supporters and critics are not hard to find. This report suggests that there is another point of contention to consider: the costs of the technology upgrades required to implement Common Core.

    • HEADLINES: California, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington

      Williams Report - September 15, 2014

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | September 15, 2014

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    • HEADLINES

      Lawmakers Jockey Over Budget Surpluses

      Stateline | by Elaine S. Povich | April 22, 2014

      According to NASBO, Kentucky and many other states have put the emphasis on restoring funding to education this year. A still incomplete survey of states showed that the vast majority are increasing elementary and secondary education funding, along with transportation and infrastructure.

    • HEADLINES: Washington

      Washington Senate budget would add money for schools

      The Spokesman-Review | by Jim Camden | February 25, 2014

      Public schools would get more money for math and science supplies and state colleges would keep tuition from going up in a proposal released by Washington Senate budget writers.

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    • HEADLINES: Alabama, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts , Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire , North Carolina , New Jersey, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin

      Williams Report - July 20, 2015

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | July 20, 2015

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    • HEADLINES: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts , Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Washington

      Williams Report - July 8, 2015

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | July 8, 2015

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    • Solutions

      How Reality-Based Budgeting Can Permanently Resolve State Budget Gaps

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | November 7, 2012

      State Budget Solutions recommends that state legislators take action in 2013 to resolve the serious state financial crises by changing their focus from inputs to outcomes by redesigning budgets from the ground up based on priorities and performance.

    • Solutions

      How to Prevent Future Pension Crises

      by Cory Eucalitto | November 1, 2012

      The time for state and local governments to offer defined contribution retirement plans that protect both taxpayer dollars and public employee retirement security is now.

    • Solutions

      State Lawmakerís Guide to Evaluating Medicaid Expansion Projections

      The Heritage Foundation | by Edmund F. Haislmaier and Drew Gonshorowski | October 17, 2012

      Supporters of Obamacare claim that expanding Medicaid will entail little to no cost to state governments, since the federal government will fund the vast majority of the additional costs. Indeed, some analyses project states achieving savings from adopting the expansion. However, state lawmakers should be wary of accepting such analyses at face value.

    • Solutions

      Medicaid Is BrokenóLet the States Fix It

      The Wall Street Journal | by Paul Howard and Russell Sykes | October 15, 2012

      Block-granting Medicaid is the best way to deliver better, cost-effective care to the most vulnerable Americans.

    • Solutions

      The Case for Reform: Prisons

      Right on Crime | August 1, 2012

      Prisons are supremely important, but they are also a supremely expensive government program, and thus prison systems must be held to the highest standards of accountability.

    • Solutions

      The Case for Reform: Adult Probation

      Right on Crime | August 1, 2012
    • Solutions

      Solutions to the public pension crisis

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | August 1, 2012

      Public pensions at the state and municipal levels are unsustainable in their current form.  State Budget Solutions' recent study by Andrew Biggs found that public pensions are underfunded by $4.6 trilion. Here we offer solutions to the pension crisis

    • Solutions: Rhode Island, Florida, Idaho, Tennessee, Washington

      The Political Economy of Medicaid Reform: Evidence from Five Reforming States

      Mercatus Center | by Scott Beaulier, Brandon Pizzola | April 26, 2012

      To better understand best practices in Medicaid reform, we explore five recent state-level Medicaid reforms and their ability to simultaneously reduce costs, maintain or increase access, and survive the politics of reform.

    • Solutions: Washington

      Top 10 Ideas to Cut Waste, Balance the Budget and Stimulate the Economy Without Raising Taxes

      The Freedom Foundation | by Amber Gunn | November 4, 2011

      Ten ideas to cut waste and balance the buget without raising taxes, including more efficient K-12 funding, spending high education tax dollars more wisely and rein in state employee salaries and benefits.

    • Solutions: Washington

      DeBolt proposes common sense ideas

      The Freedom Foundation | by Scott Roberts | November 4, 2011

      The plan is aimed at reducing regulatory burden, and increasing permit predictability by suggesting the suspension of some growth management requirements, the suspension of agency rulemaking, and shortening permitting decisions.


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    • Alabama, Alaska, Illinois, Kentucky, Kansas, New Hampshire , North Carolina , Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Washington, Arizona, California, Missouri, New York, New Jersey

      Williams Report - August 18, 2015

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | August 18, 2015

      Join us on Twitter today by following @StateBudgets and tweeting with the hashtag #SBSbob.

    • Alabama, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts , Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire , North Carolina , New Jersey, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin

      Williams Report - July 20, 2015

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | July 20, 2015

      Join us on Twitter today by following @StateBudgets and tweeting with the hashtag #SBSBob.

    • Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts , Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Washington

      Williams Report - July 8, 2015

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | July 8, 2015

      Join us on Twitter today by following @StateBudgets and tweeting with the hashtag #SBSBob.

    • Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, New Hampshire , New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Washington

      Williams Report - July 1, 2015

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | July 1, 2015

      Join us on Twitter today by following @StateBudgets and tweeting with the hashtag #SBSBob.

    • Alabama, Alaska, California, Iowa, Maine , New Hampshire , South Carolina, Texas, Washington, New Jersey, Nevada

      Williams Report - June 3, 2015

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | June 3, 2015

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    • Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts , New York, New Jersey, Texas, Washington, Michigan, Missouri

      Williams Report - April 23, 2015

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | April 23, 2015

      Join us on Twitter today by following @StateBudgets and tweeting with the hashtag #SBSBob.

    • Look Out For These Pension Gimmicks

      State Budget Solutions | by Joe Luppino-Esposito, Bob Williams | April 15, 2015

      States have a few tricks up their sleeves to hide true pension liabilities.

    • Alaska, Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Kansas, Georgia, New Hampshire , New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington

      Williams Report - April 7, 2015

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | April 7, 2015

       

       

      Join us on Twitter today by following @StateBudgets and tweeting with the hashtag #SBSBob.

    • Alaska, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts , New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington

      Williams Report - March 31, 2015

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | March 31, 2015

      Join us on Twitter today by following @StateBudgets and tweeting with the hashtag #SBSBob.

    • Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts , Michigan, New Jersey, Virginia, Washington

      Williams Report - March 02, 2015

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | March 2, 2015

      Join us on Twitter today by following @StateBudgets and tweeting with the hashtag #SBSBob.


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