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Political Economy

Treasury Department releases guidelines to state and local governments for how they can use COVID-19 relief funds

The US Treasury Department released guidelines today to state and local governments for how they can use funds provided by the American Rescue Plan Act...Read More

State-funded policy changes would increase spending by $3.214 billion in 2021–23

Earlier I wrote about the 2021 supplemental budget passed by the Legislature on Sunday. The Legislature also passed a 2021–23 operating budget. Because the governor has not...Read More

Washington State ranks 26th for federal COVID relief

Washington State ranks 26th in the country for the amount of federal COVID aid it has received through April 15, 2021, according to the latest...Read More

Analysis: Working families’ tax exemption will provide up to $1,200 per year to low-income Washingtonians

The working families’ tax exemption passed by the Legislature will provide up to $1,200 for individuals who qualify based on income, according to an analysis...Read More

Senate responds “Do Not Concur” to House capital gains amendments

In an order of consideration filed today, the State Senate responded to the capital gains tax bill passed by the House yesterday with a “Do...Read More

Capital gains tax passes House, heads to Senate for concurrence 

After several hours of debate, the House passed the Senate’s capital gains tax bill Wednesday in a 52-46 vote, bringing Democrats one step closer to rebalancing Washington’s...Read More

Op-ed: The Working Families Tax Credit is an investment in Washington’s recovery

We all know the massive toll that COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout have taken on us all. But at long last, we are starting...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

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

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