Office of Planning & Budgeting

September 29, 2021

September Revenue Forecast Shows Overall Continued Economic Growth

Overview The Economic and Revenue Forecast Council (ERFC) released their September revenue forecast on September 24. The last revenue forecast, released in June, showed promising signs of a full economic recovery. At that time, the number of COVID-19 cases in Washington state was declining. However, as noted in our previous blog post, risks remained and…


June 24, 2021

June Revenue Forecast Shows Strong and Growing State Economy

Overview The June revenue forecast again builds on the promising economic recovery we have seen in recent months. As a reminder, the June 2020 Revenue Forecast, released by the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council (ERFC), forecasted a precipitous economic decline as a result of the full shutdown in spring and early summer. While the September Revenue Forecast…


March 17, 2021

March Revenue Forecast Shows Strong Economic Recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic drastically changed the economic outlook in Washington state. The June 2020 Revenue Forecast, released by the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council (ERFC), forecasted a precipitous economic decline as a result of the full shutdown in spring and early summer. While the September Revenue Forecast and the November Revenue Forecast demonstrated significant recovery from June…


March 12, 2021

Legislative Session Update

This week marks the halfway point of the 2021 “long” biennial legislative session. We are currently tracking 316 bills and looking ahead towards a busy remainder of session. Major policy topics this year have included diversity, equity, and inclusion; climate and sustainability; and health care. We have posted a full list of bills the University…


January 21, 2021

UW Fast Facts 2021 – Now Available!

A redesigned version of UW Fast Facts is now available. You can find it on the UW Fast Facts page and in the Quick Links bar on the right. This year, we have incorporated a number of new dashboards to provide a more complete picture of where we are as a University. A special thank you to…


November 20, 2020

November Revenue Forecast Shows Continued, but Cautious, Growth

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the economic outlook in Washington state. The June Revenue Forecast, released by the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council (ERFC), forecasted a precipitous economic decline as a result of the full shutdown in spring and early summer. Fortunately, the September Revenue Forecast and the November Revenue Forecast, released Wednesday, have shown a…


September 24, 2020

September Revenue Forecast Shows Promising Recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the economic outlook in Washington state. Fortunately, September Revenue Forecast, released yesterday by the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council (ERFC), details modest growth. This stands in stark contrast to the June Revenue Forecast, which forecasted a precipitous economic decline as a result of the full shutdown throughout spring and…


June 23, 2020

June Forecast Outlines Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on State Revenue

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the economic outlook in Washington state. The projections detailed below demonstrate the sharp decline that the state economy has suffered in recent months, which stands in sharp contrast to the long period of growth that preceded it. In order to account for the losses discussed in the forecast below,…


May 6, 2020

Economic and Revenue Forecast Council Releases April Budget Outlook

On Thursday, April 30, the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council met to review and approve the April 2020 budget outlook. The budget outlook used the February revenue forecast and contained no major changes to revenues or appropriations for the 2019-21 biennium. During their meeting, the Council acknowledged that there will likely be changes to the…


February 28, 2020

House and Senate Proposed 2020 Supplemental Operating and Capital Budgets

Earlier this week, leadership in the House and Senate released their 2020 supplemental state budget proposals, which include technical corrections and other changes to the enacted 2019-21 biennial budgets. An OPB brief outlining these proposals is available on the OPB Briefs page. We will update the brief in the event that proposals are amended, and…


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