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Councilmember Kohl-Welles Issues Statement in Response to Dire State Revenue Forecast

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After the state released its quarterly revenue forecast, Council Budget Chair Jeanne Kohl-Welles issued a statement in response to the projected shortfall.

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King County Council Budget Chair Jeanne Kohl-Welles issued the following statement Wednesday after the state’s quarterly revenue forecast projected an $8.8 billion state budget shortfall through 2023:

“The revenue forecast numbers issued today by the state are absolutely staggering.

“The County was already facing enormous financial challenges with the impact of the economic fallout caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“While the state budget is different from our county budget, it is becoming abundantly clear that we will have extraordinarily difficult choices to make in crafting our biennial budget this fall. But we will rise to the challenge and do all we can to preserve our values and equity and social justice priorities.”

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