The 2021 legislative session was far from business as usual. Lawmakers, in an entirely virtual environment, focused their efforts on addressing the immediate and long-term impacts of COVID-19 and managing the unprecedented influx of more than $1 billion in federal relief funds. The $7.35 billion state budget, including $599.2 million in ARPA funding, contains significant investments in broadband, infrastructure, housing, and climate change mitigation. Other themes from this session include childcare, equity, and education.
"We anticipated that the Legislature would be focused on COVID relief and recovery, and it was. What no one could predict was that we would be able to do more than address immediate needs."-Representative Bluemle