2014 Budget Tracker

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Our Budget Tracker provides concise summaries on our 2014 State Legislative Agenda in regards to the state operating and capital budgets. Go here for a quick primer on how the Washington State budget works. At a glance, you can see the most recent status of each budget priority and see the changes in funding since this biennial budget was passed in June 2013.

We update the Budget Tracker daily. Follow us on Twitter and/or Like us on Facebook to find out when we last updated this Budget Tracker. Updated February 27, 2014.

These items are listed in no particular order.

Budget Item

Gov.
Jay Inslee

Senate

House

Our Position &
Take Action!

Proposed 2014 Supplemental Operating Budget

Housing & Essential Needs Program (HEN)

No change.

No change.

No change.

  • Protect & strengthen HEN funding!
Aged, Blind & Disabled Program
(ABD)

No change.

↓ $850,000

No change.

  • Protect & strengthen ABD funding.
  • Reinvest ABD cost savings from SB 6573 into HEN in order to serve increased HEN caseload.
HEN & ABD Incapacity Exams*

No change.

↓ $600,000

No change.

  • Protect incapacity exam funding.
  • Invest any savings back into HEN/ABD.
Home Security Fund**

No change.

No change.

↓ $26,000

The House Operating budget allocates $26,000 for a Homeless Certification Pilot to be funded out of the Home Security Fund. The legislature should resist funding new programs out of existing resources. If the legislature finds merit with the pilot program introduced in HB 2415, then it should be funded by the Operating Budget’s General Fund rather than the Home Security Fund, in order to avoid adding pressure to existing funding sources for homelessness services.

 

Budget Item

Gov.
Jay Inslee

Senate

House

Our Position &
Take Action!

Proposed 2014 Supplemental Capital Budget

Affordable Housing Capital Investments

On Friday, February 28 we need you to call the legislative hotline and leave this message with your legislators:

"Please make sure the homeless housing and assistance surcharge fees don’t sunset by supporting ESHB 2368. And neither the House nor the Senate Capital Budget invests enough in affordable housing. Please help ensure all Washington residents have opportunities for safe, healthy affordable homes by making a deeper investment in affordable housing."

    Housing Trust Fund
    (HTF)

    No change.

    No change.

    No change.

    Facilities & Housing for
    Individuals with Mental Illness***

    No change.

    No change.

    ↑ $6 million
    High Energy Efficient Housing**** ↑ $5 million

    No change.

    ↑ $5 million
    Capital Funding for Weatherization
    *****

    No change.

    No change.

    ↑ $2 million
     

    *This funding is for facilitation services that move clients to Social Security Insurance (SSI). The incapacity evaluation is critical to identify the presumptive SSI population and the temporarily incapacitated population.
    **The Home Security Fund is funded from document recording fees and is used for homeless housing programs.
    ***Note that this funding is not all for affordable housing. Rather, this allocation is a sum of money that will be awarded competitively and organizations wanting to build affordable housing for people with chronic mental illness can apply.
    ****Go here for more information on this particular budget item. Search for "High Energy Efficient". 
    *****This program pays for weatherization specialists to perform air sealing work, to add insulation, to seal leaky duct seams, and to replace inefficient appliances in the homes of low-income residents.