State lawmakers will be relieved that their budget problem didn’t grow today.
On the other hand, it didn’t shrink much either. The official shortfall, without counting court-mandated obligations to schools, stands still at just a bit more than $1.2 billion.
Today’s revenue forecast, though, is significant as the starting gun to the legislative budget process. Now Gov. Jay Inslee and lawmakers will start putting out their budget plans.
State forecasters raised their expectations by $59 million for revenue in the current budget period through June 30, but decreased it by $19 million for the next two-year period. They also lowered their sights, …