State Relations

State budget wrapped up

The legislature finished their work in Olympia after being called back into a one-day second special session. The Office of Planning and Budgeting will have updated budget information. Check out the Seattle Times for an overview of the legislature’s action.

Session update

The state legislature began a 30-day special session last Monday.  Legislators continue to work on a budget compromise—currently, neither proposal makes further cuts to higher education.  However, many decisions are still in flux.  Check out the the P&B blog for up-to-date budget information. Three priority bills passed during the regular session. House Bill 2585 provides

President Young’s statement on the Senate budget

UW President Michael Young released this statement regarding the Senate’s budget proposal: “The Senate budget proposal released today puts a halt to four years of public disinvestment in higher education.  The Senate is to be commended to taking this bold stance.  Investing in students and their futures charts a course towards sustainable economic recovery and

State revenue forecast shows improvement

The February revenue forecast shows a turn upward for the next biennium.  The forecast for expected revenue for 2011-13 is up by $95.7 million with a total expected revenue of about $30.3 billion.  While this revenue increase of 0.3 percent represents a modest boost for the current biennium, this is the first positive forecast since

Flexibility measures move forward

The operational flexibility proposals introduced in Olympia this session moved forward on Tuesday. February 14 was the cutoff for non-budget legislation to pass out the chamber of origin. HB 2585 passed in the House with 98 yea votes to move to the Senate.  The bill amends contract rules for institutions of higher learning in order

Washington presidents discuss higher education funding at public forum

On Wednesday night presidents of Washington’s six public colleges and universities gathered to discuss funding for higher education.  Among the concerns expressed by the presidents was the ability to retain faculty and providing access to low and middle-income students.  Business leaders from REI, Boeing and Microsoft also spoke about their concern about the future of

College presidents to talk higher education at Town Hall

The Greater Good Campaign is hosting a conversation with six Washington public university and college presidents on Wednesday at Town Hall.  The talk is titled “Six Presidents: An Unprecedented Conversation on Higher Education Funding in Washington State.” Read more about it here.

New UW Regents appointed

Governor Gregoire announced appointments to the University of Washington Board of Regents. Read the press release here.

Connecting the Science of Early Learning to Policy: Washington State Legislators Visit I-LABS

In November legislators visited iLabs – see what they learned about and hear what they had to say. Legislative visit to iLabs

State’s economic forecaster to resign

Washington’s chief economist, Dr. Arun Raha, announced today that he is resigning after three years effective Jan. 31. Steve Lerch, who previously served as interim chief economic before Raha came on board, will fill the position temporarily during the search for a replacement. More details are available from The Seattle Times, Tacoma News Tribune and

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