biennium

noun
bi·​en·​ni·​um | \bī-ˈe-nē-əm \
plural bienniums or biennia\ bī-​ˈe-​nē-​ə \

Definition of biennium 

: a period of two years

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Connecticut has a fiscal crisis that has been driven by rising pension and health-care costs, and the Lamont administration must close an estimated $4.4 billion deficit for the next biennium budget. Joseph De Avila, WSJ, "Connecticut Gov.-Elect Lamont Names Transition Team Leaders," 8 Nov. 2018 The money was later restored and a combined $8.2 million will be paid out this biennium. Andrew Greif, OregonLive.com, "Among Oregon athletic directors, sports betting's potential return sparks hope and concern," 24 May 2018 Last year, the bipartisan biennium budget passed approved the first $40 million over two years and created a non-for-profit captive insurance company to administer the Crumbling Foundations Assistance Fund. Sandra Gomez-aceves, courant.com, "Capitol Roundup: Group Home Strike Averted; Crumbling Foundations Bill Passes House," 5 May 2018 Our Next Level Roads Program provides nearly $6 billion in this biennium alone, includes significantly more resources to local communities all across the state, and will increase year after year after year. Indystar, Indianapolis Star, "Here is the full text of Gov. Eric Holcomb's 2018 State of the State speech," 9 Jan. 2018 The next governor is going to inherit a $5 billion hole in the next biennium. Neil Vigdor, courant.com, "Final Chance To Make Impression For GOP Gubernatorial Contenders," 18 Apr. 2018 Kentucky Democrats admonished Republican legislative leaders for picking a group of white men to hammer out the state's roughly $22 billion biennium budget. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "Democrats accuse GOP of 'sexist, white-male agenda' over budget negotiation's makeup," 26 Mar. 2018 The Trust celebrates a new class of Young Masters every biennium with an awards presentation to highlight their drive, talent, and creativity. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Katy musician selected for Young Masters Class," 20 Mar. 2018 The energy supplier assessment makes up more than a third of agency's budget – $13.1 million in the last biennium and more than $15 million in the current cycle. Jim Ryan, OregonLive.com, "2 killed in collision between train and car near Kelso," 27 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of biennium

1699, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for biennium

Latin, from bi- + annus year — more at annual

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