Washington legislators propose bill to spend $100 million for state’s coronavirus response


OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington legislators have proposed a bill that would spend $100 million of the state’s budget stabilization account to aid in the coronavirus response.

The funds would be used solely for the expenditure into the disaster response account and would only be appropriated for state and local government response to the coronavirus.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency in February in order to direct state agencies to use all resources necessary to prepare for an outbreak.

The funds appropriated would also allow the Department of Health to determine nursing facility payments in order to adequately resource the facilities responding to any state of emergency such as the coronavirus outbreak.