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Senate-passed operating budget would appropriate $59.282 billion for 2021–23, plus more than $6 billion in federal relief funds (over three years)

Yesterday the Senate passed its operating budget. As passed, the 2021 supplemental to the 2019–21 budget would appropriate $52.704 billion from funds subject to the...Read More

Q&A: Rep. Mike Sells on labor legislation in 2021

Rep. Mike Sells (D – Everett) currently chairs the Labor and Workplace Standards Committee. As the 2021 legislative session was preceded by a period of...Read More

Op-ed: State lawmakers have the right budget approach for our recovery

State policies – backed up by investments in the state budget – are moral documents, and they have the power to support a better life...Read More

How the Senate transportation budget makes use of federal funds

The Senate passes their 2021-23 Transportation Budget, sponsored by Sen. Steve Hobbs (D – Lake Stevens) in a unanimous vote Monday. The budget makes use of...Read More

Q&A: Sen. Christine Rolfes answers questions on the Senate Democrats’ 2021-2023 Operating Budget

As chair the Senate Ways and Means Committee, Senator Christine Rolfes (D – Bainbridge Island) is the majority’s lead budget writer. Last week Senate Democrats...Read More

House Democratic Caucus releases 2021-23 state operating budget proposal

The House Democratic Caucus unveiled its proposed 2021-23 state operating budget Friday – proposing to spend $58 billion in state funds over the next two...Read More

Economic relationships amid COVID: The K-shaped recovery

In a K-shaped recovery, there is a separate trajectory for different segments of the economy. Economic and political relationships play a role in shaping that...Read More

“Working through crisis” – The K-shaped recovery

Economic conditions both predating and overlapping with the pandemic have exacerbated workforce shortages in rural Washington. This is what the Wire heard from union leaders...Read More

“Managing through crisis” – How the K-shaped recovery looks for small business owners

Amid reports that a “K-shaped” recovery from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic is widening inequality, how do the different rates of recovery look...Read More

How social safety net programs differ by state

When looking at social safety net programs available to people across the United States, a great degree of variability exists. The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn...Read More