State Relations

March 22, 2017

Senate 2017-19 Operating Budget Highlights

Coming off the heels of the March revenue forecast, the Senate dropped their operating budget (SB 5048) proposal yesterday morning. To read more details about how the budget would affect UW, check out the Operating Budget brief prepared by the UW Office of Planning & Budgeting. There are notable wins and concerns to work through…


March 2, 2017

Update from State Relations: Floor Action

Members of both the House and Senate have wrapped up initial committee hearings and are now spending time on their respective floors debating and casting their votes on various pieces of legislation. Here are a few priority bills for the university that have passed either the Senate or House so far: The “critical care” bill…


February 20, 2017

News from Olympia: Legislative Session Day 43

The State Relations team has been working overtime coming off of policy cutoff last Friday and gearing up for fiscal cutoff on Friday, February 24! Here are a few highlights from our past couple of weeks: To date, we’ve successfully passed the critical care roster reauthorization bill out of both the House and Senate Higher…


February 8, 2017

President Ana Mari Cauce visits Olympia—February 7

President Ana Mari Cauce visited Olympia yesterday to continue her outreach to members in the House and Senate regarding the University’s 2017 legislative priorities, as well as engage with students and alumni for State Need Grant advocacy day and Huskies on the Hill. Here are highlights from President Cauce’s visit: President Cauce participated in the…


February 3, 2017

News from Olympia: Legislative Session Day 26

We are nearing completion of our first full month in session! Here are a few highlights: On Thursday, January 26, Dr. Chuck Murray from UW Medicine facilitated a presentation on cell regeneration to members of the Legislature. UW faculty representative, JoAnn Taricani testified in support of HB 1561 regarding textbooks and open educational resources (OER)…


January 25, 2017

President Ana Mari Cauce visits Olympia – January 24

Yesterday, President Ana Mari Cauce visited Olympia to advocate for the University’s 2017 legislative priorities. She kicked off the morning at the Senate Higher Education committee for a joint presentation with Dr. Suzanne Allen, vice dean for academic, rural and regional affairs at the UW School of Medicine, Ian Goodhew, director of government relations for…


January 20, 2017

News from Olympia: Legislative Session Day 12

The 2017 legislative session is in full swing in Olympia. Here are a few highlights from the past twelve days: New director, Joe Dacca, updated the Senate Higher Education committee about the UW’s legislative priorities. New associate director, Jillian Kilby, testified in support of HB 1107 to remove the term “branch” as an identifying factor…


January 10, 2017

UW releases 2017 state legislative agenda

Just in time for the start of the 2017 legislative session, the University of Washington released its legislative priorities. Here’s an overview of key priorities from the agenda: Operating Budget Priorities Competing for excellence: As a world-class academic and research institution, the UW is dedicated to retaining and attracting the best faculty and staff who…


New members of State Relations

The State Relations office has two new members looking forward to representing the university and working with you. Meet the team:    Joe Dacca, Director Since graduating from the UW in 2006, Joe has spent the past decade working for state and federal elected officials.  Most recently, Joe worked as the District Director for Congressman…


November 9, 2016

Update from State Relations: Initial state election results are in

The State Relations team has been closely monitoring the results of the election for our state-wide and state legislative offices. Here are some of the highlights and things to expect in January 2017: -Governor Jay Inslee will continue to reside in the Governor’s mansion. -Five new faces in state-wide office: Lt. Governor: Cyrus Habib –…


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