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Practical Solutions: Budget and Policy Alignment

What is budget and policy alignment?

WSDOT is working with policy makers to create a budget structure and legislative policy that allows the agency to fully maximize a Practical Solutions approach to project delivery and daily operations. First steps include identifying (click through the tabs to discover):




Funding constraints and opportunities

How do we measure funding constraints and opportunities?

The agency strives to identify and verify funding constraints and opportunities initially by December 2019, then ongoing. One measure of our success will be the ability to reduce the complexity and rigidity of our existing structure.

 
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Source: WSDOT Budget & Financial Analysis Division

Notes: 1 The 16 operating budget programs are: Tolling; Information Technology; Facilities; Transportation Equipment Fund; Aviation; Program Delivery Management & Support; Public Private Partnerships; Highway Maintenance; Traffic Operations; Management & Support; Planning, Data & Research; Payments to Other Agencies; Public Transportation; Ferries; Rail; Local Programs. The seven capital budget programs are: Facilities; Aviation Revitalization Loans; Improvements; Preservation; Traffic Operations; Ferries; Rail; Local Programs. 2 This includes provisos, other appropriations and a small number of budgeted but non-appropriated items. Any unanticipated receipts or future supplemental budgets would change this figure. 3 This includes provisos, other appropriations and a small number of budgeted but non-appropriated items. Any unanticipated receipts or future supplemental budgets would change this figure. The December 2018 update reflects appropriation codes only once, even if they are used in multiple subprograms. 4 This represents the number of Public Transportation projects with operating appropriation to pay for capital equipment/vehicles and capital construction projects. This figure can change over time based on approved contingency projects. 5 This represents the number of projects or line item investments in the capital budget programs.


Each bubble in this chart represents a budget program, appropriation or legislatively specified project - a total of 1,050 - that restrict how WSDOT funds operations and project delivery programs.


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Why is it important to update policies, procedures, guidelines and manuals?

An agency’s budget is a reflection of its priorities. When the budget and the priorities are not aligned, we are not as effective and efficient as we can be. This is the implementation piece of all other strategies that are part of the Practical Solutions approach – making the right investments, in the right places, at the right time, while using the right approach.

What are we working on?

Through the agency’s Practical Solutions approach, WSDOT has established an objective to identify and communicate the gaps between desired and expected investment levels for system maintenance, operations and expansion to achieve an integrated multimodal transportation system.

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Key actions for better alignment

How do we measure key actions for better alignment?

The agency is developing a process to prioritize the allocation of available projected resources in a manner consistent with Practical Solutions.

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Prioritizing the allocation of available projected resources – check back in fall 2020. Under development status icon
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Why is identifying key actions for alignment a priority?

WSDOT is working to identify the key actions necessary to achieve better alignment between agency and legislative priorities by fall 2020. While the department is highly focused on delivering the 2015 $16 billion Connecting Washington transportation revenue package, an underlying structural deficit exists within our primary operating accounts. The state owns or manages a transportation system with a replacement value of approximately $117 billion, not counting land values. WSDOT needs $1.1 billion per year to maintain and preserve these assets but is projecting a preservation budget of $550 million per year - or 50 percent of the total need, resulting in a growing backlog of maintenance and preservation demands. Additionally, an accelerated investment in fish-barrier removal will be required to comply with the 2030 deadline of the federal injunction, which was affirmed in June by the U.S. Supreme Court's four-to-four deadlock opinion. These are challenges that can be solved only by working together- the department, the Governor's office, the Legislature, citizens, and partners. WSDOT believes that a Practical Solutions approach is key.

What are we working on?

WSDOT has established an objective to develop a process to prioritize the allocation of available project resources in a manner consistent with Practical Solutions.

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