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March 11, 2019

President Trump’s FY2020 budget

External Affairs

The Trump administration released its FY 2020 budget request today. President Trump’s budget is the first step in the annual Congressional appropriations cycle, with actual spending levels controlled by Congress. The proposal outlines increased military spending and domestic spending cuts. It also includes changes to student loan repayment plans and other initiatives of interest to the…


February 25, 2019

From the VP – The Future of Undergraduate Education

Randy Hodgins

It is pretty rare during the hectic days of a legislative session to can take a short break from committee hearings and member meetings to immerse yourself in some of the latest thinking about the challenges facing higher education in the United States in 2019.  But last Wednesday in Olympia, about 50 representatives from public…


February 19, 2019

News from Olympia: Legislative Session Day 36, Speaker Chopp Teams with UW Medicine

External Affairs

We have already started week 6 of the 2019 legislative session and that means that cutoff deadlines for committees are quickly approaching. In the past two weeks, the Senate voted to confirm Kaitlyn Zhou to the UW’s Board of Regents and campus representatives visited Olympia to advocate on behalf of university priorities. Speaker Frank Chopp…


February 5, 2019

News from Olympia: Legislative Session Day 22, President Cauce Meets with Legislators

External Affairs

It was a snowy start to week 4 of the 2019 Legislative Session. President Ana Mari Cauce made her first visit of the year to Olympia. She championed the UW’s legislative agenda as she met with leaders and legislators in both chambers and joined with WSU President Kirk Schulz for an interview at TVW where they…


January 23, 2019

From the VP – State budget discussions in Olympia

Randy Hodgins

The 2019 state legislative session began on Monday, January 14 and in the spirit of “wasting no time” to make our case for increased state funding, I had the pleasure of joining President Cauce in Olympia all day yesterday to meet with state legislators about our biennial operating and capital budget requests (read that here)….


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