State Relations

State Budget


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…


April 1, 2015

UW weighs in on State House and Senate budgets

HOUSE OPERATING & CAPITAL BUDGETS On Monday (March 30), UW testified in House Appropriations on the Chair’s operating budget proposal, and in House Capital Budget on the Chair’s capital budget proposal. View the testimony on behalf of the University by Director of State Relations Genesee Adkins in House Appropriations via TVW  here. You can also watch testimony…


March 28, 2015

UW Interim President Ana Mari Cauce statement on proposed House budget

The following statement is from University of Washington Interim President Ana Mari Cauce: “I am pleased to see that the House budget begins the critical work of reinvesting in higher education for the benefit of our students and our state. The new funding for faculty and staff compensation, computer science enrollment expansion and medical residencies…


December 23, 2014

Universities react to Governor Inslee’s 2015-17 budget proposal

On December 18, Governor Inslee released his plans to fund education in the 2015-17 biennium. You can find information about the Governor’s full budget proposal online here. This is what Washington’s public universities had to say about Governor Inslee’s plans for funding higher education: This week’s budget proposal from Governor Inslee makes important investments in…



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