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February 28, 2012

President Young’s statement on the Senate budget

UW President Michael Young released this statement regarding the Senate’s budget proposal: “The Senate budget proposal released today puts a halt to four years of public disinvestment in higher education.  The Senate is to be commended to taking this bold stance.  Investing in students and their futures charts a course towards sustainable economic recovery and…

February 16, 2012

State revenue forecast shows improvement

The February revenue forecast shows a turn upward for the next biennium.  The forecast for expected revenue for 2011-13 is up by $95.7 million with a total expected revenue of about $30.3 billion.  While this revenue increase of 0.3 percent represents a modest boost for the current biennium, this is the first positive forecast since…

February 15, 2012

Flexibility measures move forward

The operational flexibility proposals introduced in Olympia this session moved forward on Tuesday. February 14 was the cutoff for non-budget legislation to pass out the chamber of origin. HB 2585 passed in the House with 98 yea votes to move to the Senate.  The bill amends contract rules for institutions of higher learning in order…

February 2, 2012

Washington presidents discuss higher education funding at public forum

On Wednesday night presidents of Washington’s six public colleges and universities gathered to discuss funding for higher education.  Among the concerns expressed by the presidents was the ability to retain faculty and providing access to low and middle-income students.  Business leaders from REI, Boeing and Microsoft also spoke about their concern about the future of…

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