The economy wreaks more havoc on the state budget
Today’s updated revenue forecast only made it more essential for the governor and lawmakers to take a balanced approach between spending cuts and revenue increases this upcoming legislative session.
The new forecast lowered the state’s expected revenue by another $760 million, bringing the total shortfall to $2.6 billion.
The continually worsening outlook comes at a time when Washingtonians need public structures more than ever. With the unemployment rate at its highest level since 1984, the need for the health care system, education and job training, and income supports become more important than ever.
We need a balanced approach to dealing with impacts of the recession on the budget, one that combines careful cuts with smart revenue increases, such as a combination of a retail sales tax increase with the Working Families Rebate.
We’ll have a lengthier analysis of the economic and budget situation tomorrow.