At the end of 2020, Governor Inslee released his proposal for the 2021-2023 Biennial State Budget. During 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.

Once each branch of government introduces a budget proposal, the House Appropriations committee and Senate Ways & Means committee holds hearings on these proposals and ultimately passes 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.

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