State Relations

House and Senate release supplemental budget proposals

This week, leaders of the Senate and House fiscal committees released their supplemental operating and capital budgets. The budgets propose technical corrections and appropriation changes to the current 2013-15 biennial budgets. Read UW’s Office of Planning & Budgeting brief (PDF) comparing the Governor, House, and Senate budgets. In terms of process, the Senate budget was passed out of

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

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

Editorial: A proud moment for the state Legislature

In a guest opinion editorial published in The Olympian newspaper, UW President Michael K. Young recognizes state legislators for their work on behalf of higher education in the state budget: I am very proud of our state Legislature. As difficult and protracted as the process was, our legislators passed a state budget that reinvests in

Statement from UW President on the proposed Washington state budget

The following statement is from Michael K. Young, president of the University of Washington. “The proposed state operating budget agreement represents a significant step forward, not only for University of Washington students, faculty, staff and their families – but also for the state of Washington. “For the first time in over two decades, state reinvestment

Governor Jay Inslee calls second special session

Today (June 11) is the last day of the first 30-day special session, which followed the 105-day regular session of the 2013 Washington State Legislature. Gov. Inslee announced at a morning press conference that a second 30-day special session would begin tomorrow at 9:00 AM. The second special session is necessary, because the House and

State House approves revised budget plan

With the deadline for the first 30-day special session looming, the State House passed out a revised budget plan last night. The Associated Press reports: With lawmakers entering the final days of a special session, the House voted 53-35 to approve the budget. Republicans in the chamber praised budget writers for dropping a proposed business

Everett Herald: Higher ed remains the key

On its Sunday (May 19) opinion page, the Everett Herald published an editorial making the case that higher education is key to the state’s economy. The editorial opens with this point: The mainspring for landing the Boeing 777X in Washington is higher ed and addressing the skills gap in engineering and technology. The best social

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

Seattle Times: UW student group suggests tuition increase to fund faculty raises

Seattle Times higher education reporter Katherine Long reports in today’s newspaper: If the Legislature won’t give more money to higher education, University of Washington students are calling on the school to raise tuition by 3 percent, then put all of that money into faculty salaries. Read more.

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