State Budget – Agreement Before the Fiscal Cliff?

June 27, 2017

By the time you read this, there may or may not be a deal on the $45 billion Washington State 2017-2019 Biennial Budget. Until we know of a publicly agreed-upon deal, please let your three State Legislators know that you support new revenue in the final budget to begin to fully fund k-12 education as well as the Operating Budget.

Last week, FAN joined the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle in sending a letter to State Legislature leadership about the budget, asking them to protect vulnerable people by:

  • Eliminating the sunset on document recording fees.
  • Protecting funding of the Housing and Essential Needs Grant (HEN).
  • Restoring funding for the Aged Blind and Disabled Grant (ABD).
  • Prioritizing the Housing Trust Fund in the Capital Budget.
  • Restoring funding for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Grant (TANF).

Click here to send your legislators a message to remind them of those five key budget asks. You can also call the legislative hotline number between 8 AM and 8 PM, Monday through Friday: 1-800-562-6000.

You might also urge your legislators to resolve the State Supreme Court’s Hirst decision/water well permit issue. It is currently holding up agreement on the Capital Budget, which is a problem because it funds a lot of important programs and projects, including the Housing Trust Fund.

If you know your legislators are supportive of new revenue, thank them and ask them what’s the most important thing you can do to help. They might suggest you write a letter to the editor and/or find stories of people whose lives and well-being are at risk because of a state government shutdown or insufficient funding.