WA Research Council compares Gov. Inslee’s supplemental budget proposal with that offered by Senate GOP

As we wrote earlier, Senate Republicans have offered a budget plan for the balance of this budget cycle (the supplemental budget) and for the 2021-2023 biennium. Washington Research Council senior analyst Emily Makings presented her initial review of the proposal here

Granted, the party in the minority in both legislative chambers rarely has a great deal of influence over budget development. But this year it’s important to consider what Republicans have offered: a budget with no new taxes that both sustains and increases state spending. At a time when many households and businesses continue to suffer from reduced income during the prolonged pandemic recession, avoiding a tax increase is a good, “do no harm” approach to the economic recovery. It makes sense: There is no budget shortfall requiring additional revenue.

Makings has now prepared an analysis comparing the GOP supplemental budget with that presented by the governor. It’s concise. We won’t attempt to summarize it here and encourage you to read it. The two plans have a couple of different assumptions; Makings sorts them out so the comparison is more clean.

Here’s her opening:

Sen. Wilson’s proposal for a 2021 supplemental operating budget would reduce 2019–21 appropriations from funds subject to the outlook (NGFO) by $1.421 billion. That includes maintenance level (the cost of continuing current services, adjusted for enrollment and inflation) and new policy changes. By comparison, Gov. Inslee’s proposed 2021 supplemental (as revised by the Office of Financial Management earlier this month) would reduce 2019–21 appropriations by $907.8 million.

We look forward to the 2021-2023 biennial budget comparisons. Democrats are not expected to roll out their budget plans until after the next official revenue forecast in mid-March.