bi·​en·​ni·​um | \ bī-ˈe-nē-əm How to pronounce biennium (audio) \
plural bienniums or biennia\ bī-​ˈe-​nē-​ə How to pronounce biennia (audio) \

Definition of biennium

: a period of two years

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Evers' move comes two days after Fitzgerald chastised Wisconsin Association of School Boards lobbyist Dan Rossmiller on Twitter for urging the governor to use his veto pen to increase the per-pupil aid by about $17.5 million over the biennium. Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Modest at best': Public school advocates praise Evers' moves to add $65 million but say budget falls short," 3 July 2019 The move is central to the governor's plan to bridge a shortfall in the state's Medicaid program, which faces a $346 million hole next biennium because of decreases in federal funding. CBS News, "Oregon Senate finishes whirlwind votes after Republicans stall session," 1 July 2019 The Legislature just raised the U’s appropriation by 3.3 percent over the biennium, which is two-fifths of what the U requested. Josh Verges, Twin Cities, "Regents counter Kaler’s call for 2.5% tuition hike for UMN undergrads," 13 June 2019 Overall, this biennium reflects his promise of an honestly balanced budget that is passed on time giving local leaders the confidence of knowing what their budgets will look like for the next two years. Neil Vigdor,, "Mansion tax draws the ire of the wealthy, real estate industry," 5 June 2019 Since 2013, the Legislature capped Oregon and Oregon State to receiving just over $1 million per biennium. Andrew Greif,, "Among Oregon athletic directors, sports betting's potential return sparks hope and concern," 24 May 2018 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,, "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,, "Capitol Roundup: Group Home Strike Averted; Crumbling Foundations Bill Passes House," 5 May 2018

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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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