State Relations

May 20, 2008

A Brief History Lesson

Don’t know if any of you have discovered the “Crosscut” website, but as a “Northwest-phile” I have really enjoyed dialing in once a day for a variety of stories gleaned from the major media outlets in the Pacific Northwest, including British Columbia which is more economically part of us than Ontario or Quebec (but that’s a rant for another day).

Pretty good article today by Crosscut’s publisher David Brewster about the plan floated by the UW about a decade ago to “privatize” the University.  I was on staff in the state legislature at the time and while a number of individual legislators were intrigued with the idea, as a whole, the proposal had little chance of being taken seriously.  Still, it’s interesting to think about that idea in the context of where the UW is today in terms of its relationship with state government.