State Relations

Governor Inslee releases 2014 supplemental budget proposal

This week (Dec. 17), Governor Jay Inslee released his 2014 supplemental budget proposal, calling it a “hold-steady” budget in a “get ready” year, acknowledging that tough decisions await on the horizon for the next biennial budget in 2015. READ: UW Office of Planning & Budgeting Blog and Brief (PDF) on the Governor’s budget proposal. The

Gov. Inslee, Pres. Young Attend Clean Energy Institute Launch Events

A new University of Washington institute to develop efficient, cost-effective solar power and better energy storage systems launched last week (Dec. 12) with an event attended by UW President Michael K. Young, Gov. Jay Inslee and researchers, industry experts and policy leaders in renewable energy.   Gov. Inslee made securing $6 million for CEI a priority last

Gov. Inslee discusses STEM education at Summit

This week Washington STEM hosted its second annual summit at Microsoft’s Redmond-campus. Over the lunch hour, the audience heard from Microsoft’s Brad Smith and Governor Jay Inslee on the importance of STEM education, both at the K-12 and post-secondary levels, to the state economy. (Read highlights from the day in this report from the Redmond

Today in Olympia: Day 2 of Special Session

Today is Day 2 of the 2013 3rd Special Session. This morning, the House Finance Committee approved a proposal (House Bill 2089) to extend tax incentives for Boeing and the aerospace industry. House committee approves Boeing tax incentives, 10-3 http://t.co/u6IFgthUA3 #waleg — TVW (@TVWnews) November 8, 2013 The proposal’s next stops are in committee meetings

Governor calls special session for Boeing 777X package

Gov. Jay Inslee announced yesterday (11/5) that he is calling the legislature back for a special session beginning Thursday, Nov. 7, to approve a package aimed at encouraging The Boeing Company to build the 777X airplane in Washington State. The Governor’s Office released a list of the package elements here. Reporting on the Governor’s announcement,

Forecast shows revenues up, confidence down

On Friday (Oct. 11), the Washington State Economic Revenue & Forecast Council published it’s monthly economic and revenue update. Among other news, the report shows that tax collections were again higher than previously forecast, and consumer confidence is down, likely as a byproduct of the federal government shutdown. A few additional highlights from the update: Washington

Governor Inslee launches Results Washington initiative

Today (Sept. 10), Gov. Jay Inslee launched a new performance management initiative dubbed Results Washington. The data-driven performance management and continuous improvement system focuses on five goal areas: World-class education Prosperous economy Sustainable energy & clean environment Healthy & safe communities Efficient, effective & accountable government

Governor Inslee appoints new UW Regents

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced the appointments of Constance Rice and Rogelio Riojas to the University of Washington Board of Regents. From the Governor’s statement announcing the appointments: “Constance and Rogelio are well-suited to the UW Board of Regents. They bring important life and professional experiences that will guide the UW’s vision and work as

This week in Olympia news: Maxwell leaving House for Inslee Admin., state revenue collections tick up, Kip Tokuda remembered

The News Tribune’s Political Buzz reported last week that State Rep. Marcie Maxwell (D-41st Legislative District) is leaving the State House this month to join Governor Jay Inslee’s administration. According to a statement obtained by the TNT, Maxwell will join Governor Inslee’s Legislative Affairs and Policy Office as Senior Education Policy Advisor. Maxwell was elected to three

The Olympian: Higher education a smart investment in state’s future

The Olympian published an editorial today supporting reinvestment in higher education, and noting recent remarks given by President Young: [W]e hope lawmakers will consider the remarks made by University of Washington President Michael Young at the Thurston County Chamber luncheon Wednesday. Young, who met earlier with The Olympian’s editorial board, laid out a convincing argument

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