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Republican budget proposal would drain the rainy day fund and avoid new taxes

Sen. Lynda Wilson, ranking member of the Senate Ways & Means Committee, has released a 2021 supplemental proposal and a 2021–23 operating budget proposal. The 2021...Read More

An abbreviated history of budget reconciliation

Budget reconciliation – the oft-used pathway for expediting tax and spending legislation through Congress – may be poised for another star turn on the national...Read More

As Inslee proposes new capital gains tax, progressives launch ad campaign

Governor Jay Inslee released his 2021 – 2023 biennial budget proposal today. The $57.6 billion proposal includes a new capital gains tax and a tax...Read More

House Appropriations Committee reviews 2021 budget outlook

The House Appropriations Committee held a virtual work session on Nov. 30th in which Dave Johnson, a Committee Staff member from the Office of Program...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

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