There are 27 contracts that unions have negotiated with their employers (including Governor Inslee). Those contracts have to be approved (and funded) by the legislature before they can be implemented. Governor Inslee’s budget funded them. The House democrat’s budget funded them. Senate republican’s budget only funded 2 of the contracts. The remaining 25 contracts were not approved by Senate republicans instead they approved a $500 salary increase per year for each year of the budget.
Why is there a difference? According to Senate budget chair John Braun, Senate republican’s chose to prioritize state funding so they could fully fund K 12 education. Fully funding the contracts costs nearly $500 million. The Senate budget proposal only costs $78 million.