2022 Legislative Session is Off and Running

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13 Jan 2022

News, Advocacy

This week began with hearing's on Governor Jay Inslee's proposed 2022 Supplement Operating, Capital, and Transportation Budgets. Governor Inslee places an emphasis on moving beyond the pandemic by focusing on homelessness, poverty, salmon recovery, climate, and transportation. It is important to note the Proposed Supplemental Budget serves as the Governor's wish list of items which he hopes the legislature funds. The Senate and House will each put together their own budgets and they may or may not include items from the Governor's budget.


In speaking to legislative committees, EASC advocated for the following items from the Governor's Proposed Supplemental Budget:

  • Snohomish County Regional Transportation Priorities
  • Fill the $600 million funding gap to complete Sound Transit's Link Light Rail North Extension on schedule
  • Invest in grade crossings and freight
  • $15 million for Port Infrastructure Grant Program
  • Funding for background checks and fingerprint processing fees for child care workers
  • Dept. of Commerce grants for local innovation
  • Sales & Use Tax Deferral for green tech companies
  • Emissions Intensive Trade Exposed Grant Program
  • Investments in CDL training
  • Expanding cybersecurity programs at our public institutions
  • Expanding the Opportunity Grant for students pursuing high-wage, high-demand fields
  • Regional Manufacturing Shovel-Ready Site Development Program
  • Darrington Wood Innovation Center


Read the Governor's full 2022 Supplemental Budget & Policy Highlights.


EASC in the Legislature


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Please reach out to Misha Lujan, Government Relations Manager, with any questions.