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July 27, 2017

Washington state budget makes important investments in the UW

Ana Mari Cauce

Late last month, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law the biennial operating budget for the state of Washington, a budget that addressed many of the University of Washington’s legislative priorities. In what was a complicated, landmark session defined by McCleary-mandated obligations, the legislature had to make tough choices. You can read about the budget in detail in this brief published by the University’s Office of Planning and Budgeting and on the UW’s State Relations blog.


May 5, 2017

The Lincoln Project and the future of public higher education

Ana Mari Cauce

Public research universities like the UW are essential engines for social mobility and prosperity, especially for first generation students. If, as a society, we fail to make the investments needed to keep them strong, we endanger progress, prosperity and innovation not just for the individuals who attend, but for their communities, states and our nation.


January 21, 2016

Update from Olympia

Ana Mari Cauce

State policymakers are in the second week of their 60-day legislative session, and this week I traveled to Olympia to meet with them. While not my first trip to Olympia, this was a special visit, as it was my first as President. My goal was both to thank our elected leaders for the significant support…


June 30, 2015

Statement concerning the approved two-year state budget

Ana Mari Cauce

On behalf of University of Washington students, faculty, staff and alumni, I want to express my thanks and appreciation to our elected officials for making investments in higher education a true state budget priority during the 2015 legislative session. While the previous budget began to reverse the long-term trend of shifting the burden of paying…


April 9, 2015

Medical Education in Washington: Do No Harm

Office of the President

Congratulations to Washington State University on the official signing of legislation to seek accreditation for an independent medical school. As they begin the process of seeking accreditation, we at the University of Washington offer our appreciation for more than 40 years of medical education partnership with our colleagues in Pullman and Spokane. With the passage…


April 1, 2015

Statement on proposed Senate budget

Office of the President

While I am very pleased to see that the Senate budget not only provides most of the state funding needed to pay for its tuition reduction bill, and makes additional investments for the next biennium, there are some troubling aspects to the proposal. Rejection of our collective bargaining agreements means that thousands of our employees…


March 27, 2015

Statement on proposed House budget

Office of the President

I am pleased to see that the Washington state House budget begins the critical work of reinvesting in higher education for the benefit of our students and our state. The new funding for faculty and staff compensation, computer science enrollment expansion and medical residencies is critically important. The proposed budget in its entirety, however, may…


March 21, 2014

Thoughts on the Legislative session

Michael K. Young

Going into the legislative session, one of our primary goals was to protect the state funding increase the Legislature provided last session for the 2013–15 biennium. Our funding was largely protected, with some small but important additional investments in key areas, a $1 million permanent allocation to fund core laboratory expenses in our Institute for…


June 28, 2013

President Young’s statement on the proposed state budget

University of Washington

The proposed state operating budget agreement represents a significant step forward, not only for University of Washington students, faculty, staff and their families – but also for the state of Washington. For the first time in over two decades, state reinvestment in this budget agreement will allow the UW to hold resident undergraduate tuition rates…


June 17, 2013

2013-15 State Budget expectations

University of Washington

Dear Faculty and Staff: With the Legislature now in its second special session trying to come to an agreement on a state budget for 2013-15, a number of questions are being raised about the unlikely—though theoretically possible—situation that the state could begin the new biennium on July 1 without a budget and without monies appropriated…



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