Washington State Expenditure Limit Committee: Home page


David Schumacher
OFM Director (Chair)

Noah Purcell
Attorney General Designee

Sen. John Braun
Senate Ways & Means

Rep. Bruce Chandler
House Appropriations

Sen. Kevin Ranker
Senate Ways & Means

Rep. Timm Ormsby
House Appropriations

The Committee

The state General Fund budget and five related funds subject to a spending limit defined in RCW 43.135: State Expenditures Limitations.

The Expenditure Limit Committee was established in 2000 for the purpose of determining and adjusting the state expenditure limit. The members of the Expenditure Limit Committee are

Each November, the Expenditure Limit Committee adjusts the limit for the previous and current fiscal year, and projects a limit for the following two years. Generally speaking, the expenditure limit is the actual spending level from the prior year multiplied by the fiscal growth factor, plus or minus any adjustments required by statute. The fiscal growth factor is the average growth in state personal income for the prior ten fiscal years.

November 2015 Meeting Materials

About Fiscal Growth Factors

Fiscal YearFiscal
Growth Factor
FY 2016 4.33% Adopted November 2014
FY 2017 4.37% Adopted November 2015
FY 2018 4.08% Final
FY 2019 3.72% Subject to revision
FY 2020 4.34% Unofficial
FY 2021 5.12% Unofficial
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