Governor Inslee signed a new 2-year state operating budget at 11:00 PM June 30. It included $2 million per year for the Fair Fund. This is the same amount that has been allocated to the Fair Fund for most of the past 20 years.
The legislature did not pass a capital budget yesterday. The capital budget is being held due to failure to reach agreement on fixing the Hirst decision which limited the ability to drill new wells in most of Washington. Senators want a fix for that before agreeing to release the capital budget. (The Hirst issue is very important to most of rural Washington.)
That means, at this time, there is no money for health and safety grants. However, the legislature plans to continue to work toward agreement on a capital budget in July. If they reach an agreement, fair grants will probably be included.
The new operating budget also includes $500,000 for the Department of Commerce to work with the Washington Tourism Alliance to develop a tourism marketing plan.