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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

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

Oregon Legislature to convene special session; Washington unlikely to do the same

On Friday afternoon, Oregon Governor Kate Brown is expected to call a special legislative session for Aug. 10, according to Oregon Public Broadcasting’s reporting. In...Read More

Why there won’t be a special session this summer – or at all

Recently, Joe O’Sullivan reported what had been increasingly clear in recent weeks: there will be no special session this summer to address the fiscal shortfall....Read More

Coalition forms to oppose potential long-term care budget cuts

A group of Long-Term Care advocates in Washington State have formed a coalition in response to potential budget cuts to services utilized by senior citizens...Read More

New guidance from Treasury on uses of CARES Act relief funds

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has again updated its “Coronavirus Relief Fund Frequently Asked Questions” document. The relief fund is the source of the $2.953...Read More

Chopp, Stokesbary lay out divergent approaches to economic recovery

On a recent episode of TVW’s “The Impact,” hosted by Mike McClanahan, former Democratic Speaker of the House, Rep. Frank Chopp and House Republican budget...Read More

King County Council approves new round of COVID-19 emergency funding

Tuesday afternoon, the King County Council approved $86 million in emergency funding for COVID-19 response – the third round of emergency funding the Council has...Read More