Governor’s 2021-23 Transportation Budget

Issue brief
State Budgets Transportation 

The transportation revenue forecast for November projects $6.8 billion in state revenues for the 2021-23 biennium, and
potentially $1.4 billion federal revenues. Last biennium\’s budget was $10.4 billion. There is an unfunded need of $726 million
in 2021-23 for preservation and maintenance and $3 billion in the next nine years to address fish passage barriers. Many
Connecting Washington projects have been delayed due to funding reductions that were assumed based on I-976 ($30 car
tabs) and WSDOT operational issues. COVID has increased the cost of doing business and project timelines, so the question
moving forward will be what gets funded and what does not, and whether there will be new revenue for the transportation
system in 2021.