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COVID hits food chain from farm to family

The coronavirus pandemic significantly impacted Washington’s food chain from farm to table. From restaurant closures to increased demand from consumers at the supermarket, demand shifted...Read More

Report: Washington State’s unemployment system is failing to pay benefits promptly

Working Washington, a labor-focused nonprofit, published a report this week alleging that the Washington Employment Security Department (ESD) has failed to provide benefits to tens...Read More

With I-976, transportation revenues were already expected to decline from 2017–19 to 2019–21. The recession is expected to deepen that decline.

Operating budget revenues are still expected to increase from 2017–19 to 2019–21, despite the impacts of the recession. Transportation revenues are not. Even before the current...Read More

State seeks to address economic inequality by increasing culturally and linguistically relevant help for small-businesses owners

Small business owners now have more places to seek culturally and linguistically relevant help for dealing with COVID-19, thanks to expansion of the Small Business Resiliency...Read More

Legislators respond with optimism and caution to increased revenue projection

Washington’s projected Near General Fund revenue collections for the 2019–21 state budget and Near General Fund forecast for the next biennium (2021–23) are headed in...Read More

Agencies outline spending priorities and potential cuts in operating budget proposals

State agencies and higher education institutions submitted their 2021-23 operating budget requests to the Office of Financial Management (OFM) last week outlining priorities for spending...Read More

Study: Washington has the strongest unions in the country

Washington State has the strongest unions in the country, according to a new study conducted by the financial modeling firm, SmartAsset. To formulate their rankings,...Read More

Washington Research Council: Spending cuts weren’t the only budgetary response to the Great Recession

“The Legislature actually increased spending in the 2008 supplemental budget—even after revenues began to decline,” wrote Emily Makings of the Washington Research Council (WRC) in...Read More

Sen. Joe Nguyen calls on Legislature to reject austerity measures

Senator Joe Nguyen of the 34th Legislative District (White Center) has launched a petition calling for the State Legislature and Governor’s office to reject an...Read More

Washington’s imports and exports increased in July, but trade is still below 2019 levels

Trade data released by the U.S. Census Bureau today shows that the value of exports from Washington increased by 15.0 percent in July, after falling 39.1...Read More