State Relations

2010 Legislative Session

December 6, 2010

Governor calls special session

Gov. Chris Gregoire has called a special session of the Legislature to deal with the budget crisis. A date hasn’t been set, but she said it’ll be before Christmas. Local news coverage: Seattle Times | | | |

May 5, 2010

Facebook “friends” Seattle, likes UW talent

Good “jobs” news out of Seattle today. Facebook officially announced plans to open an engineering office in Seattle. Why Seattle? Primarily talent, reports Mike Schroepfer, vice president of engineering at Facebook. In particular, UW computer science graduates. Read the full story here, and, while you’re at it, check out our stellar computer science program here.

April 13, 2010

Sine Die (redux!) 2010

The legislature finally adjourned just after 1:00AM this morning, exactly thirty days into its one week special session (HA!). Reaching an agreement on the components of an $800 Million revenue package took significantly longer than originally planned. You can find a good overview of all of the different tax proposals that have been discussed here. The…

March 12, 2010

Breaking the Silence, Sine Die and a Proclamation

First, I’d like to offer my sincere appreciation for your patience while the blog sat quiet.  A combination of my short-tenure and a non-stop 60 days made for less than stellar work/blog balance this session.  It’s a task I’m determined to master moving forward.  A huge “Thank You!” to my campus-stationed colleagues for their amazing…

January 31, 2010

Managing Tuition & Keeping Tuition Manageable

One of the top priorities on the UW’s 2010 legislative agenda is the ability to manage tuition during this time of limited state resources.  Any conversation about tuition is tough (remember last year?), and this time is no exception.  This year, though, the University wants to have a more realistic and reasonable conversation around higher education finance.  Local…

January 15, 2010

The 2010 session has arrived. Sorry I’m late.

Week one of the 2010 legislative session has been intense.  Thanks for your patience as I’ve settled into my groove as the new Director of State Relations.  I hit the ground running in Olympia on January 11th and haven’t stopped since.  Here are some updates. Not surprisingly, concerns about the budget have dominated most conversations…