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May 23, 2018

From the VP – First impressions from Singapore

Randy Hodgins

I’m currently visiting the nation of Singapore as part of a delegation from the Seattle Metro Chamber of Commerce.  This is my first visit to this tiny island nation and it’s been a truly eye-opening experience on a number of fronts. Born as a nation in 1965 after more than a century of British colonial…

May 10, 2018

From the VP: Seattle is in for a LOT of Disruption in the Next Few Years

Randy Hodgins

Fascinating monthly meeting of the Seattle Metro Chamber of Commerce this week where we had presentations on several major construction projects that are both underway and being planned for the city and the region in the next 5 years or so.  Most of these initiatives are sorely needed as Seattle and Puget Sound continue to…

April 26, 2018

From the VP: Dispatch from Denver

Randy Hodgins

Each year the Seattle Metro Chamber of Commerce takes a delegation of political, business, education and non profit leaders to visit another U.S. city to learn how they are growing their economy and addressing challenges all big cities face from transportation to homelessness. This year I’m proud to be joining the Chamber’s intercity study mission…

April 5, 2018

From the VP: Has Higher Education Become a Partisan Issue?

Randy Hodgins

When I first started as a young legislative staffer in California in the early 1980’s, I got my very first upfront taste of partisan divides on a variety of policy issues between Democrats and Republicans.  Big government or small government?  Longer prison sentences or more rehabilitation?  Increased or decreased welfare payments, they argued about most…

March 29, 2018

From the VP: States Relying More and More on Tuition Revenue

Randy Hodgins

Interesting piece in this morning’s Inside Higher Education about the continuing importance of tuition as a major funding source for public higher education in the U.S. Despite a backlash in Washington and other states to several years of double digit tuition increases during the Great Recession, more than half of the states used tuition to…

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