At the end of 2020, Governor Inslee released his proposal for the 2021-2023 Biennial State Budget. Throughout the 2021 Legislative Session, the House of Representatives, and Senate will each propose an operating budget for the 2021-2023 biennium. The operating budget determines the level of funding for all state spending, including many investments and programs that serve communities living on low incomes in Washington state.
After each branch of government introduces a budget proposal, the House Appropriations committee and Senate Ways & Means committee hold hearings on these proposals and ultimately pass a negotiated budget. Throughout the legislative session, Statewide Poverty Action Network will provide an overview of the budget proposals that impact low-income communities.
Read our Biennial Budget Proposal Comparison here.
Going into this legislative session, the budget will have to contend with the lasting economic crisis that the COVID-19 pandemic has created. This includes a significant budget shortfall that has placed many basic needs programs at risk of cuts. We hope to see investments in programs that support those living on the lowest incomes in our state, who have also most deeply felt the impacts of this pandemic.