March 27, 2007
The House version of the Governor’s Washington Learns bill finally passed the House Approprations Committee today on a unanimous voice vote. The version which moved is identical to the bill that passed out of the House Higher Education Committee several weeks ago minus three provisions related to new financial aid programs which have already passed the House in separate pieces of legislation.
Included in the version passed is the controversial provision originally included by Rep. Jim McIntire (D-Seattle) which would grant the governing boards of higher education institutions limited ability to raise tuition rates if the state failed to appropriate sufficient monies in the state budget for schools achieve their per student funding goals.
Floor action on the measure could be scheduled as early as this Friday.