State Relations

March 14, 2019

News from Olympia: House Passes Speaker Chopp Bill That Plans for a UW Behavioral Health Campus

Late yesterday, the House unanimously passed legislation (HB 1593) to launch plans to establish a new behavioral health innovation and integration campus within the University of Washington School of Medicine and in coordination with the UW’s health sciences schools. The proposal directs the UW to plan for a new teaching facility with a capacity for 150…


March 12, 2019

State Disinvestment: Recognizing the Impacts of Long-Term State Budget Cuts

This week, Columns, the UW’s Alumni Association Magazine, published Down to the Core, an article highlighting the budget challenges the UW currently faces and the decisions – made over a decade ago by the legislature – that put the University in such an urgent situation. Disinvestment During the Great Recession, the state was forced to make dramatic…


March 4, 2019

News from Olympia: Legislative Session Day 50, Policy and Fiscal Committee Cutoffs

It’s the beginning of week eight of the 2019 Legislative Session. Check out the highlights from Olympia from the past two weeks: Policy and Fiscal Committee Cutoffs The legislature is now past policy and fiscal committee cutoffs in the house of origin, which means new policy cannot be introduced in committee and any bills not…


February 18, 2019

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

It’s the start of week six of the 2019 Legislative Session and the legislature is fast approaching policy committee cutoff. This Friday, Feb. 22, is the last day to read in committee reports (pass bills out of committee and read them into the record on the floor) in house of origin, except House fiscal committees…


February 4, 2019

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

It’s the start of week four of the 2019 Legislative Session and the UW community has been busy in Olympia. Here are some of the highlights: President Cauce Visits Olympia On Tuesday, January 22 President Ana Mari Cauce made her first visit to Olympia for the 2019 legislative session. She championed the UW’s legislative agenda…


January 16, 2019

News from Olympia: Legislative Session Day 3

Today is the third day of Washington State’s 2019 legislative session and the state relations team is fully in gear. Yesterday, Joe Dacca, Director of State Relations, testified before the Senate Ways & Means Committee on the Governor’s proposed operating budget. He focused his testimony on the importance of investing in the UW and our students. Joe…


December 18, 2018

Governor Inslee Releases Proposed 2019-21 Biennial Operating & Capital Budgets

Governor Jay Inslee released his proposed 2019-21 biennial operating and capital budgets on Thursday, Dec. 13. The proposal provides significant funding for student financial aid and the University of Washington, recognizing critical needs for foundational support, employee wage increases and student resources. The Governor’s budgets also invest heavily in the state’s behavioral health system, including…


December 13, 2018

WA House & Senate Announce Committee Assignments After Election Results Certified

The 2018 General Election was held on Nov. 6 and certified by the Secretary of State on Dec. 6. There are almost 4.4 million registered voters in Washington State and voter turnout for this midterm election hit a historic high at almost 72 percent. In Washington State, there are 98 House of Representative seats and…


November 13, 2018

The UW’s 2019 State Legislative Agenda

Public higher education provides the greatest opportunity for prosperity and well-being for individuals and communities, so it must be both affordable and of the highest quality. At the University of Washington, that belief is at the forefront of all we do. The Washington State 2019 legislative session begins Jan. 14 and is scheduled to last…


November 8, 2018

Early Results from WA State’s 2018 General Election

The 2018 General Election was held on Nov. 6. Washington is one of the few states that votes entirely by mail, so ballots are still being tabulated. The final election results will be certified by the Secretary of State on Nov. 30. There are almost 4.4 million registered voters in Washington State. At this time,…


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