Legislative & Federal Relations

Legislative Relations

Washington state has a two-year budget, which is made up of three spending areas:

  • Capital budget pays for buying and maintaining public buildings and lands.
  • Transportation budget pays for projects that help ensure our roads and public transportation systems move goods and people effectively throughout the state.
  • Operating budget pays for day-to-day operations for the state, such as public education, public safety, human services and higher education.
Information on how the state budget is created

DCYF’s work is funded with state, federal and private dollars.  


2020 Legislative Session Updates

September 22, 2020
Budget and Policy Submitted Proposals Webinar

June 3, 2020
Budget Webinar

May 20, 2020
Budget Update Webinar

March 2, 2020
Legislative Update Webinar

January 8, 2020
Governors 2020 Supplemental Budget Proposal Webinar

2019 Legislative Session Updates

December 9, 2019
Vendor Reimbursement Rate Increase Process Webinar

October, 11, 2019
DCYF Legislative Update Webinar

August 9, 2019
DCYF Legislative Update Webinar

May 10, 2019
DCYF 2019 Legislative Session Recap

April 5, 2019
DCYF Stakeholder Legislative Update


DCYF 2019-2021 Biennial Budget Request

Secretary Ross Hunter submitted the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) biennial budget for 2019-2021 to the Office of Financial Management (OFM) on September 17, 2018.  Read Secretary Hunter's DCYF submission letter and the decision packages listed below.  

DCYF 2019-2021 Decision Packages 


DCYF 2018 Supplemental Budget Request

Full Request Document

Recommendations Summary

Maintenance requests:
Policy requests:

Federal Relations