All About the Budget - UWPNW Legislative Update March 2, 2022

A healthy state revenue forecast has created the opportunity to make historic headway in the pursuit of housing affordability and combatting homelessness. Check out what the last week of the Legislative session may hold.

Higher Revenue Forecasts Helps Raise the Ante for Housing Programs
Fueled by a revenue forecast projecting an additional $1.45 billion in operating revenue for the state during this biennium (which ends June 30, 2023), the Legislature is poised to build off last year's $1 billion plus investment in addressing the housing needs of Washingtonians approved in the two-year operating and capital budgets in the 2021 session. Because the House proposal came out after the revenue forecast, it is more generous on housing issues than the Senate’s. The Washington Low Income Housing Alliance has prepared this Action Alert to allow you to conveniently indicate to your legislative delegation your support for this funding level.

Come to the Imagination Library Launch Party (virtually)
Join Us Wednesday March 2, at 1 p.m., we will hold a virtual launch event and press conference for the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Washington Expansion Project. Here’s the Imagination Library launch registration. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. On Tuesday, the Senate approved for final passage House Bill 2068 which would establish this pre-school reading enticement program as a state program.

Last Set of Legislative Deadlines Approach
Friday is the last day that bills unrelated to the budget can be considered. From that point until March 10, the only bills considered will be bills that are in dispute (bills approved by both bodies in different forms) and budgets and their related bills.