OLYMPIA – Sen. Christine Rolfes (D-Bainbridge Island), chair of the Senate Ways & Means Committee, issued the following statement after the release of Gov. Jay Inslee’s 2021 operating budget proposal.

“I appreciate the work the governor has done to craft a budget proposal that makes critical investments in public health to reinforce our state’s pandemic response. I also appreciate his proposals to strengthen our unemployment system and help workers and households struggling through no fault of their own.

“We face historic challenges this session and this proposal offers a strong starting point that will help guide the Legislature as we work to deliver a balanced budget that will improve lives across our state while incorporating an equity lens to ensure a fair distribution of state resources.”