Inslee Signs Supplemental Budget, Includes Wildfire Money
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a supplemental budget that puts more money into the state's mental health hospitals and pays for the costs of last summer's devastating wildfires.
Inslee signed the budget on Monday. It increases spending from the two-year, $38 billion budget adopted last year by about $211 million and does not raise taxes.
Inslee vetoed a number of portions in the plan, including a measure to shift $10 million away from the state auditor's Performance Audit account.
The budget includes almost $15 million for aiding homelessness and around $7 million for recruiting new public school teachers and retaining existing ones, according to legislative summaries. It also draws around $190 million from the state's emergency fund to pay for repairing wildfire damage.
The budget plan was passed by the Legislature in March after a 20-day overtime legislative session.