We reported last week on a proposal by Senate Democrats to address sagging state funding for public higher education. Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-Seattle) introduced SB 5420, which would make a $225 million reinvestment in public higher education, and freeze tuition for two years.
On Friday, a bipartisan effort emerged in the state House led by Rep. Gerry Pollett (D-Seattle) with similar aims.
According to the Seattle Times:
HB 1624 aims to move Washington toward a 50-50 split between students and the state, with students paying half the cost of their education and the state paying the rest.
The House bill would also tie tuition increases to the inflation rate.
Crosscut.com has more on the House and Senate reinvestment proposals.
Both bills now await hearings before their chambers’ respective Higher Education committees.