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Session News: House publishes operating and capital budget proposals

Following the release of the Senate budget proposals, the House unveiled their operating and capital budget proposals today with funding for the UW’s priorities.

Operating Budget

  • $2.5M (ongoing) to expand the School of Dentistry’s Regional Initiatives in Dental Education (RIDE) program, which trains dentists to serve the state’s rural and underserved populations.
  • $330,000 in FY25, $455,000 ongoing for the Allen School Scholars Program (formerly Startup), a one-year cohort-based program to support students who are first generation, low-income, and/or from underserved communities who are pursuing a degree in computer sciences or computer engineering.
  • $50M (one-time) for UW Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center to support their critical and impactful safety net care and medical training missions for the state.
  • $20M (one-time) for the Center for Behavioral Health and Learning (formerly Behavioral Health Teaching Facility) at UW Medical Center-Northwest.

On these items, the House budget proposal almost mirrors the Senate proposal. The Senate provided additional support for UW Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center. Like in the Senate, the House also funded various policy bills and studies.

Capital Budget

  • $5M for the modernization of Chemical Sciences and renovation of Bagley Hall.
  • $38.9M from the Climate Commitment Account for energy renewal and decarbonization projects, including centralized chilled water capacity improvements in Seattle, gas boiler replacements at UW Bothell and UW Tacoma, HVAC systems renewal at UW Medical Center Montlake, and central utility planning at UW Medical Center Northwest.

The House and Senate budget proposals are identical on these projects.

Now that both chambers have released their budget proposals, budget writers will work to reconcile the proposals into one operating and one capital budget. The House and Senate must pass the budgets before the end of session on March 7.

A detailed overview of the House and Senate budget proposals can be found on the UW Office of Planning & Budgeting’s briefs page. For questions about the budgets, contact the Office of State Relations.