The 2020 legislative session was as unprecedented a session, with as uncertain an ending, as anyone can remember.
What is the Revenue Forecast and Why Does it Matter?
What does the Revenue Forecast have to do with COVID-19?
2020 POLICY WINS
- Increasing rates for providers accepting Working Connections Childcare. Supplemental budget investment → $31.904 million
- Smoothing Working Connections Childcare co-pay cliff to ensure continuity of care for families. Supplemental budget investment → $6 million
- Ensuring continuous childcare for families experiencing homelessness. Supplemental budget investment → $1.909 million
- Funding professional development opportunities for child care providers. Supplemental budget investment → $4.023 million
- Increasing rates for the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program. Supplemental budget investment → $4.023 million
- Investing in the Early Learning Dual Language Grant Program. Supplemental budget investment → $246,000
- Investing in the Early Learning Facilities Fund. Supplemental budget investment → $7.296 million
The legislature allocated an additional $1.9 million for the special education Safety Net program for the upcoming school year based on changes made to the Safety Net formula in 2019 (SB 5091). The Safety Net provides districts meeting the criteria with additional funds to meet higher than expected costs for providing special education programming.
ACCESS TO HIGHER EDUCATION
- HB 2513 Prohibiting the practice of transcript withholding and limiting the practice of registration holds at institutions of higher education as debt collection practices
- HB 2514 Creating the Washington Common Application
- HB 2523 Expanding Access to Higher Education