State Relations

January 29, 2014

This week in Olympia: Bills begin moving, Regents & Trustees meet with lawmakers

Today is day 17 of the 60-day 2014 Regular Session.

This week, Regents and Trustees from the state’s six public four-year universities and college, and the state’s two-year community and technical colleges, descended on Olympia for a full-day of meetings with state lawmakers and Gov. Jay Inslee.

Regents & Trustees on the Senate floor with Sen. David Frockt (D-Seattle)

Regents and Trustees on the Senate floor with Sen. David Frockt (D-Seattle)

Topics included the need to return to pre-recession levels of state funding, expansion of programs in science, technology, engineering and math to meet the needs of employers and the state economy, and fully funding successful state financial aid programs like the State Need Grant.

Also this week, the House and Senate Higher Education committees have continued work sessions on relevant policy areas, held hearings on a range of legislative proposals, and begun passing bills out of committee (read agendas here and here).

Tomorrow, UW Director of Student Financial Aid Kay Lewis will present during a work session before the Senate Higher Education Committee. Her presentation will provide an overview of cost of attendance, and student financial aid options at UW.