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January 20, 2017

News from Olympia: Legislative Session Day 12

The 2017 legislative session is in full swing in Olympia. Here are a few highlights from the past twelve days: New director, Joe Dacca, updated the Senate Higher Education committee about the UW’s legislative priorities. New associate director, Jillian Kilby, testified in support of HB 1107 to remove the term “branch” as an identifying factor…

January 10, 2017

UW releases 2017 state legislative agenda

Just in time for the start of the 2017 legislative session, the University of Washington released its legislative priorities. Here’s an overview of key priorities from the agenda: Operating Budget Priorities Competing for excellence: As a world-class academic and research institution, the UW is dedicated to retaining and attracting the best faculty and staff who…

October 17, 2016

You’re invited: Denny Hall re-opening Oct. 26

UW State Relations and External Affairs invites you to join us in celebrating the re-opening of the iconic Denny Hall. Wednesday, October 26, 2016 | 10:30-11:30 AM Denny Hall (MAP) Spokane Lane Seattle, WA 98105 Coffee, tea and assorted pastries provided. Please RSVP: Amanda Rich at or 206-221-5670. About Denny Hall Constructed in 1895,…

March 30, 2016

That’s a wrap! 2016 session adjourned

On day 20 of the special session, just before 11:00 p.m., the legislature adjourned sine die, after passing compromise operating and capital budgets earlier in the day. Over the past two-plus weeks, budget negotiators worked through a number of outstanding revenue and spending issues, entertaining and then abandoning a number of different tools to generate small…

March 2, 2016

Budgets are out! Here’s how they stack up on UW priorities

The most recent state revenue forecast in mid-February dealt a blow to the state and made negotiating a supplemental budget more challenging. The forecast reduced the current biennium’s revenues by $67 million and the next biennium’s by another $442 million. Read more details on the February 17 state revenue forecast here. Both the House and the…

March 1, 2016

2016 Session: It’s been a whirlwind!

The past seven weeks have flown by, filled with testimony, legislative agendas, and plenty of policy discussion. Here are a few of the things that have been going on while we’ve been here at the capitol. President Cauce visits Olympia President Ana Mari Cauce made three trips to Olympia to thank legislators for historic investments…

January 12, 2016

UW releases 2016 state legislative agenda

Today, the University released its legislative priorities for the 2016 session that began yesterday in Olympia. The governor delivered his State of the State address this afternoon, with Board Chair Bill Ayer representing the UW Board of Regents as one of the governor’s guests. Here is a quick overview of what’s on the agenda: Make…

December 10, 2015

Ramping up toward 2016 session; Governor’s budget release is imminent

It’s that time of year again! No, not holiday shopping and what some affectionately call “butter season,” but the crescendo toward the opening of the 2016 Washington legislative session! As a “short” 60-day session, expectations are generally modest, as they usually provide a limited opportunity for both policy-making and funding. Why? Two primary reasons: 1-…

June 4, 2015

Seattle Times Editorial: Legislature should fund UW computer science expansion

From today’s Seattle Times: WHILE computer science and engineering jobs boom in Washington, the state is graduating too few of its own residents in this field, which plays such a crucial role in the state’s fortunes. The University of Washington argues persuasively that it needs more space to address the demand both from students and…

May 20, 2015

Revenue forecast shows $400 million uptick

State budget writers received some positive news this week in the form of a modest increase of about $400 million over previous assumptions in the state’s revenue forecast. From TVW’s Capitol Record: The Economic and Revenue Forecast Council expects the state to collect $327 million more in the 2015-17 cycle than previously projected. It also…

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