House and Senate release budget proposals, include significant mental health funding

March 2, 2016

The state House and Senate released their respective proposals for the 2016 supplemental budget last week. The House proposed spending significant money on teacher salary increases and homelessness prevention. The Senate takes a significantly different approach than the House in its budget proposal, making more cuts than the House did and leaving a much larger balance in the budget stabilization account. The differences between the two budgets could lead to budget negotiations beyond the regularly scheduled session.

Both the House and Senate proposals include significant investments in mental health. Mental health is WSHA’s top budget priority and we are pleased both budgets fund significant steps forward.

Read WSHA’s legislative and budget priorities. See our Inside Olympia for our analyses of the House and Senate budgets.


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