State Relations

February 16, 2018

President Cauce Visits Olympia & Other Highlights from Week 6

With the upcoming release of the Senate and House supplemental budget proposals next week, the State Relations team has been strategically planning and working to push the university’s legislative agendas. In lieu of the impending budget proposals, we were proud to host President Ana Mari Cauce in Olympia to reinforce the importance of bipartisan investment in the University of Washington.

President Cauce Visits Olympia

On Thursday, President Ana Mari Cauce made her second visit to Olympia for the 2018 legislative session. She met with Gov. Inslee, all four caucus leaders as well as key budget writers from the Senate and House.  President Cauce concluded her visit with dinner with several Presidents from the community and technical colleges.

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Undergraduate Research Day

On Tuesday, our team was proud to host Dr. June Spector, Associate Professor from the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, and Gabino Abarca, UW student and McNair Scholar, at Undergraduate Research Day. This event highlighted the dynamic research performed by undergraduate students and faculty from all six public baccalaureate college and universities across the state.

Lieutenant Governor, Cyrus Habib, kicked off the day by meeting with all event participants.

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To follow, Sen. Kevin Ranker, Chair of the Senate Higher Education & Workforce Development committee, sponsored a resolution in recognition of the research and contributions made to the state by all six public, four-year institutions. In case you missed the resolution, click here to watch.

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After the resolution, Dr. Spector and Gabino showcased their work which focused on the improvement of worker safety and productivity by studying how heat affects Washington’s agricultural workforce.

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From President Cauce’s visit to Undergraduate Research Day, this week has given our team the opportunity to showcase some of the best of UW. The legislature also kept things busy with lots of bills being passed off the floor before the House of Origin floor cutoff that happened on Wednesday. Any bills that didn’t cross over to the other chamber are not likely to be passed before session ends on March 8.

Early next week, we are looking forward to the release of the Senate and House supplemental budget proposals. Stay tuned for our updates and analysis from the university’s Office of Planning & Budgeting.

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