State Relations

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,…


May 14, 2018

2018 Interim Highlights & Updates – May 2018 Edition

Since concluding the 2018 legislative session on March 8, the State Relations team has been connecting members and staff from the legislature to engagement and outreach opportunities on campus as well as informing them of notable honors and innovative work accomplished by our students, staff and faculty. To date, highlighted events attended by legislators and…


March 9, 2018

Legislature Adjourns the 60-Day Session

Late Thursday evening, the legislature passed the 2017-19 supplemental operating and capital budgets to Governor Inslee, marking the end of the 60-day legislative session. Though this session was short and intensely rigorous, the UW scored major victories in the final compromise budget. To read more details about the investments appropriated to the University, review the…


February 27, 2018

Senate & House Release 2017-19 Supplemental Operating and Capital Budget Proposals

Last week, both the Senate and the House released their versions of the 2017-19 supplemental operating and capital budget proposals. For further details about the proposed budgets and their impact on the university, read the Senate and House Leadership 2018 Supplemental Budget Proposals brief prepared by the UW Office of Planning & Budgeting. Highlights of…


February 16, 2018

President Cauce Visits Olympia & Other Highlights from Week 6

With the upcoming release of the Senate and House supplemental budget proposals next week, the State Relations team has been strategically planning and working to push the university’s legislative agendas. In lieu of the impending budget proposals, we were proud to host President Ana Mari Cauce in Olympia to reinforce the importance of bipartisan investment…


February 9, 2018

Legislative Session Day 33 Update

It’s day 33 of session and we have just passed fiscal committee cutoff. At this point, bills that have not made it out of the Senate Ways and Means committee or the House Appropriations committee will not continue through the legislative process. While members are on the floor considering legislation, we have been tracking bills…


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