State Relations

January 12, 2018

News from Olympia: Legislative Session Day 5

The 2018 legislative session began Monday, January 8 and our team has been kicking into full gear in Olympia. Here are highlights from our first week: Regents and Trustees Day Starting day two of session, over 40 Regents and Trustees representing two- and four-year public institutions across the state of Washington partnered together to meet…


January 2, 2018

2018 UW State Legislative Agendas Released

The 2018 legislative session officially begins next Monday, January 8. Considering that the upcoming session is a supplemental budget year, the University of Washington’s legislative priorities are narrow and reinforce the University’s core public education mission: Operating Budget Priorities Increase state investment to reverse recession-era cuts to the UW: The UW is requesting an adjustment…


December 21, 2017

Governor Inslee’s 2018 Supplemental Budget Proposals Released

Last week, Governor Jay Inslee released his 2018 supplemental operating and capital budget proposals. The House and Senate supplemental budget proposals will be released during the 2018 legislative session, which begins on Monday, January 8, 2018. For a detailed analysis of the budget, check out this brief published by the university’s Office of Planning and…


October 23, 2017

Interim Highlights Update

Since the conclusion of the longest legislative session in Washington state history in July, the State Relations team has been using the interim as an opportunity to engage members, legislative staff, industry partners, and the campus community. House Commerce & Gaming Visit to South Lake Union In partnership with UW Medicine, our team organized a…


July 27, 2017

Legislature Adjourns After 193-Day Session

Last Thursday marked the end of the 2017 State Legislative Session, which included three special sessions and lasted a record 193 days in total.  While the session included a number of victories for the UW, the Legislature adjourned last night without passing a compromise 2017-19 capital budget. To read more about the session and impacts…


July 5, 2017

17-19 Biennial State Operating Budget Signed Into Law

Late Friday night, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law the 17-19 biennial compromise state operating budget (SSB 5883). Given the historic challenge in this session to fully fund basic education across the state of Washington, we’re proud that many of the legislative priorities of the University of Washington are reflected in the final budget. For detailed…


April 26, 2017

Post-Session & 17-19 Capital Budget Highlights

Time has flown by as the State Relations team has finished the 2017 regular session, which officially concluded Sunday, April 23. Here are a few highlights as we head into special session: We are excited to announce that Governor Jay Inslee signed into law our “critical care roster” legislation (SB 5631) on Tuesday. To read…


March 29, 2017

House 2017-19 Operating Budget Highlights

Following the release of the Senate operating budget, the House released their operating budget (HB 1067) proposal yesterday afternoon. For further details about the House proposed budget and its impact on the university, read the House Operating Budget brief prepared by the UW Office of Planning & Budgeting. Key investments in the House budget proposal…


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…


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