Article II, State Constitution

The purpose of the Senate is to: represent the people of Washington; initiate legislation affecting public policy, act on legislation passed by the House of Representatives or by initiative to the Legislature; pass a biennial budget that pays for the day-to-day operations of state government (including federal funds and dedicated funds); a budget that pays for transportation activities such as designing and maintaining roads and public transit and a budget to acquire and maintain state buildings, public schools, higher education facilities, public lands, parks, and other state assets; provide for the levying and collecting of taxes and other revenue to support state government and to assist local governments; appropriate funds for these purposes; and confirm certain gubernatorial appointments.

Agency Mission

The mission of the Senate is to exercise legislative powers granted by the state Constitution; to represent and provide leadership for the people of the state of Washington; to enact laws and oversee their administration; and to provide for the public well-being while protecting and maintaining the rights of the individual.
Request 60,423,000
Net change from current biennium 1,851,000 Increase
Percent change from current biennium 3.2% Increase

Operating Budget: Summary

Appropriated Funds

2017-19 Appropriations Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Estimated Balance   2015-17 Actual 2017-19 Estimated 2019-21 Proposed
53,604,000 General Fund - Basic Account - State 48,614,225 53,604,000 55,432,000
2,027,000 Motor Vehicle Account - State 1,634,830 2,027,000 2,059,000
2,941,000 Pension Funding Stabilization Acct - State 2,941,000 2,932,000
58,572,000 Total Appropriated Funds 50,249,056 58,572,000 60,423,000

Non-Appropriated Funds

2017-19 Non-Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Balance Non-Apropriated Funds 2015-17 Actual 2017-19 Estimated 2019-21 Proposed
Industrial Insurance Premium Refund - Nonappropriated 16,535
Total Non-Appropriated Funds 16,535

Operating Budget: Program Summary

Program Title Actual Estimated Proposed
Actual Estimated Estimated Proposed Proposed
Annual Total 26,101,717 25,947,111 10,401,192 29,032,000 31,391,000

Operating Budget: Change from Preceding Biennium

Actual Estimated Proposed
Amount Percent Amount Percent Amount Percent
5,399,305 12.0% (13,917,287) (27.7%) 24,074,696 66.2%

Employment Summary

  Actual Estimated Proposed
  2016-17 Actual 2017-18 Estimated 2018-19 Estimated 2019-20 Proposed 2020-21 Proposed
FTE Staff Years 277.3 253.4 223.1 259.9 272.1