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Washington’s population growth steadily increased by 61,600 people in 2021, launching the state into one of the most unique population estimate years because of delayed census data and COVID-19 impacts. As of April 1, 2021, Washington now tops 7,766,925 residents, with most of the growth concentrated in larger cities across the state.

The Office of Financial Management originally estimated a population increase of 61,600 people (from...

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Washington’s workplace strategy initiative is an effort to help state agencies experiment with and adopt innovative ways to support its business by modernizing the physical environment, improving workplace flexibility and enabling a more mobile workforce.

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State funds distributed for COVID-19 outbreak response

State funds totaling $171.7 million have been distributed to state agencies and institutions to use to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak crisis. This is part of a total $200 million in funds budgeted by the Legislature in Engrossed House Bill 2965. The current allocations are listed below. Click the column headings to sort by that column, or use the search box to filter by keyword:

State revenue projection for 2019–21 increased by $606 million

OLYMPIA – Washington’s projected Near General Fund revenue collections for the 2019–21 state budget have increased by $606 million, according to estimates released today by the Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council.

“There has been a slight improvement in revenues above our anticipated level this quarter,” said Steve Lerch, forecast council executive director. “But nothing that suggests fundamental changes to our previous forecast.”

Inslee’s budget proposal lays out aggressive plan to combat homelessness statewide

Gov. Jay Inslee released his 2020 supplemental budget proposal Wednesday with substantial investments that address the statewide homelessness crisis, expand early learning and strengthen the foster care system, and enhance diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in government, schools and communities.

Faster, more efficient and more secure: Washington state’s business systems will get some major tech updates

Gov. Jay Inslee recently signed an executive order that directs Washington state agencies to update many of the state’s technology systems — some of them from the dinosaur era, in computer years. These systems help the state continue uninterrupted services to Washingtonians and are overdue for important and more current technology updates.

State revenue projection for 2019–21 increased by $299 million

Washington’s projected Near General Fund revenue collections for the 2019–21 state budget have increased by nearly $299 million, according to estimates released today by the Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council.

“The Washington economic and revenue outlook remains positive without significant changes since our previous forecast,” said Steve Lerch, forecast council executive director. “This update reflects these modest changes.”

State revenue projection for 2019–21 increased by $447 million

OLYMPIA – Washington’s projected Near General Fund revenue collections for the 2019–21 state budget have increased by nearly $447 million, according to estimates released today by the Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council.

“The economic forecast is relatively similar to what we expected in June, but higher than expected collections, including estate tax collections, have resulted in an increase in the revenue forecast for the 2019–21 biennium,” said Steve Lerch, forecast council executive director.

Washington tops 7.5 million residents in 2019

As of April 1, 2019, an estimated 7,546,400 people reside in the State of Washington, according to annual estimates prepared by the Office of Financial Management.

State revenue projection for 2019–21 increased by $432 million

OLYMPIA – Washington’s projected Near General Fund revenue collections for the 2019–21 state budget have increased by nearly $432 million, according to estimates released today by the Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council. The increase is due in large part to measures passed during the 2019 legislative session that adjourned in April.

“Revenues and economic activity are tracking very closely to the previous forecast,” said Steve Lerch, forecast council executive director. “And this update reflects these modest changes.”

2018 State Employee Engagement Survey results

This message from Governor Jay Inslee was sent out to all state employees on April 9, 2019:

Dear Fellow State Employee,

State revenue projection for 2019–21 increased by $554 million

Revenue forecast for 2017–19 budget increased by $307 million

OLYMPIA – Washington’s projected Near General Fund revenue collections for the 2019–21 state budget have increased by nearly $554 million, according to estimates released March 20 by the Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council.

“Despite fairly small changes to the economic forecast, stronger-than-expected taxable activity has resulted in moderate increases to forecasted revenue,” said Steve Lerch, forecast council executive director.