State Relations

July 19, 2019

Senator Braun visits local students at UW’s STEM Camp in Chehalis

This week, the UW partnered with the Chehalis and Hoquiam School Districts and the Quinault Indian Nation to host a STEM camp for incoming 9–12th graders focused on engineering and medical science. At this one-of-a-kind camp, faculty and students from the UW College of Engineering and UW Medicine provided local students with opportunities to interact…


July 1, 2019

Legislators engage with UW faculty in their local communities

Recently, twenty-five new UW faculty members participated in the UW’s annual five-day Faculty Field Tour to explore Washington’s diverse communities and learn about UW’s impact across the state. The tour visited communities throughout Washington, including Olympia, Vancouver, Toppenish, Richland, Ritzville and Spokane. At these stops, local legislators also had the opportunity to participate and engage…


May 2, 2019

Legislature adjourns after passing 2019-21 budgets

Late Sunday evening, the legislature passed the 2019-21 operating and capital budgets, marking the end of the 105-day legislative session. The budgets have been delivered to Governor Inslee for signature. The legislature made significant investments in the UW and higher education in the final compromise budgets. The budgets provide increased funding for student financial aid…


April 9, 2019

News from Olympia: Legislative session day 86, House and Senate budget proposals released

It’s week 13 of the 2019 Legislative Session and the legislature is quickly approaching fiscal committee cutoff in the opposite house. After bills pass through their house-of-origin, they move to the opposite chamber for consideration. Bills must move to the floor of the opposite house for consideration by 5 p.m. today to remain alive. To view…


March 14, 2019

News from Olympia: Legislative Session Day 60, 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 to higher education

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, UW testifies before Senate Ways & Means

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…


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