State Relations

2008 Interim

August 18, 2008

Catching Up Post-Vacation

Nothing like waking up to the clock radio for the first time in two weeks to ram home the point that vacation is truly over.  Looks like I timed the weather just about perfectly too as the thunder and rain rumbles over red square this morning. Quite a lot going on as most of you…

August 1, 2008

Mr. Hodgins Takes A Holiday

The blog is going on vacation.  Well, maybe not the same vacation Jimmy Stewart took in that old movie but I’m looking forward to a couple of weeks of rest and relaxation.  I’ll be back to regular blog posting on August 18. In the meantime, don’t forget to vote in the state primary election on August…

State Population Tops 6.5 Million

Washington State’s population continues to grow, but at a slower pace than in previous years according to a new analysis prepared by the Office of Financial Management (OFM). Our state’s population has now topped 6.5 million people, an increase of about 100,000 or 1.5% over the past year.  Slowing economic conditions has reduced the number…

July 28, 2008

Seattle Times Takes Notice of “Star Researchers”

In case you missed this yesterday, the Seattle Times ran a very complimentary editorial about the new Innovation Research Teams (IRT) program (also referred to as the “Star Researchers” program) which was created in the 2007-09 biennial budget act. As you may recall, the program ran into some trouble this past session when the House Appropriations Committee…

July 21, 2008

President Emmert Pitches Budget and Long Term Enrollment Plans to HEC Board

This afternoon, President Emmert appeared before the monthly meeting of the Higher Education Coordinating Board (HECB) in Seattle to present the University’s 2009-11 biennial operating budget proposal (just adopted last Thursday by the Board of Regents) and to discuss the UW’s 10-year enrollment and degree production plans. Emmert’s appearance before the HECB was a joint presentation with…

July 19, 2008

Joint Task Force on King County Stadium Revenues Gets Started

Too much going on this week to have managed to get this posted on Wednesday, but wanted to let those of you following the Husky Stadium issue know that the task force charged with developing recommendations on future use of revenues from Safeco Field, Qwest Field, the Kingdome and possibly the State Convention and Trade…

July 16, 2008

Governor Appoints New Student Regent from UW Tacoma

Yesterday, Governor Chris Gregoire appointed the first student to the UW Board of Regents who is a student at the University of Washington – Tacoma.  Jean-Paul Willynck, a senior Urban Studies major was appointed to a one-year term to the board effective July 1.  As a student regent, Willynck will represent the interests of all…

July 8, 2008

Ballot Measures Could Increase State’s Budget Gap

Chris Mulick from the Tri-City Herald posted this story a couple of days ago about the potential fiscal impact of two initiatives which I wrote about in the blog last week that are likely to appear on the November 2008 ballot. Tim Eyman’s Initiative 985, which would redirect 15% of the state sales tax on the sale of new and…

July 7, 2008

PDC Complaint Against UW College of Education Dismissed

The University of Washington got some good news late last week regarding a complaint filed several months ago with the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC). Last February, Rep. Glenn Anderson (R-Fall City) filed a complaint with the PDC alleging that a recent publication of the College of Education “Taking Measure: Does Modern Math Education Add Up?”…

June 27, 2008

More Higher Ed Humor From The Onion

Got some nice feedback from the link I posted a few weeks ago to a news parody in The Onion on education. Here’s another satirical story about a new innovation that’s sure to revolutionize graduate education in the U.S. Have a great weekend!

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