State Relations

March 30, 2016

That’s a wrap! 2016 Session Adjourned

On day 20 of the special session, just before 11:00 p.m., the legislature adjourned sine die, after passing compromise operating and capital budgets earlier in the day. Over the past two-plus weeks, budget negotiators worked through a number of outstanding revenue and spending issues, entertaining and then abandoning a number of different tools to generate small…


March 18, 2016

Legislative Overtime: Special session enters week two

Last week, the legislature was unable to pass supplemental budgets and finish their work by day 60. Just hours before midnight, Governor Inslee called the legislature into special session to finish their budget work, starting the up-to-30-day clock on March 10. At the same time, the governor took action on 37 bills passed earlier in session. Following…


March 2, 2016

Budgets are out! Here’s how they stack up on UW priorities

The most recent state revenue forecast in mid-February dealt a blow to the state and made negotiating a supplemental budget more challenging. The forecast reduced the current biennium’s revenues by $67 million and the next biennium’s by another $442 million. Read more details on the February 17 state revenue forecast here. Both the House and the…


March 1, 2016

2016 Session: It’s been a whirlwind!

The past seven weeks have flown by, filled with testimony, legislative agendas, and plenty of policy discussion. Here are a few of the things that have been going on while we’ve been here at the capitol. President Cauce visits Olympia President Ana Mari Cauce made three trips to Olympia to thank legislators for historic investments…


January 12, 2016

UW releases 2016 state legislative agenda

Today, the University released its legislative priorities for the 2016 session that began yesterday in Olympia. The governor delivered his State of the State address this afternoon, with Board Chair Bill Ayer representing the UW Board of Regents as one of the governor’s guests. Here is a quick overview of what’s on the agenda: Make…


December 10, 2015

Ramping up toward 2016 session; Governor’s budget release is imminent

It’s that time of year again! No, not holiday shopping and what some affectionately call “butter season,” but the crescendo toward the opening of the 2016 Washington legislative session! As a “short” 60-day session, expectations are generally modest, as they usually provide a limited opportunity for both policy-making and funding. Why? Two primary reasons: 1-…


November 2, 2015

UWTV profiles UW Dream Project

The UW Dream Project connects UW student volunteers with high school students to help them navigate through the complex college admissions process.


October 27, 2015

External Affairs hosts state, federal staff for Husky for a Day

Last week, the Office of External Affairs hosted Husky for a Day @ UW. The day took our guests from pre-application through graduation, providing an inside look into the Husky student experience for participants. Guests included state and federal legislative staff and higher education partners. Participants started the day with a presentation from Associate Vice…


Closing the gap in engineering

Meet UW professor Eve Riskin, who along with her colleague, Joyce Yen are closing the gender gap in engineering. They have created the Leadership Excellence for Academic Diversity, or LEAD workshops, to teach other schools to follow the example of the UW with an on-line course LEAD-it-Yourself.


Meet UW computer science and engineering students

Learn about the UW’s Computer Science and Engineering program’s plans for growth to meet the needs of the workforce.  


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