March 22, 2021

2021 Focus on Advocacy – March 22 Report

Revenue forecast up, budgets to be released this week
Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant,

As anticipated, the March 17 revenue forecast presented by state chief economist Steve Lerch was positive – for the 2019-21 biennium, the forecast was increased by $1.34 billion and for the 2021-23 biennium it increased by nearly $1.95 billion. This is a dramatic turnaround from the June 2020 forecast, which projected a $9 billion deficit for fiscal years 2021, 2022, and 2023.

According to Lerch, the positives include two stimulus bills passed; faster than expected vaccine distribution; stronger than expected retail sales; and a super-hot housing market. To the negative, however, Lerch shared that employment growth has been slower than expected; business remains weak for restaurants, bars, arts and entertainment, and travel-related businesses; and rising oil and gas prices may hamper growth.

Read the full report here.

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