President Young today joined with presidents of the state’s other public four-year universities in asking the Legislature to bolster sagging state investment. In exchange for a $225 million reinvestment in the 2013-15 operating budget, the universities offered to hold resident undergraduate tuition at current rates for the next two years. Responding to the proposal in
Power sharing talks continue in the State Senate, via The Olympian: Lt. Gov. Owen to start peace talks in Wash. Senate Friday morning: power sharing at issue – The Politics Blog – http://t.co/yFL9iQxB — Brad Shannon (@BradShannon2) December 27, 2012 The situation in the State Senate also attracted the attention of The New York Times
In her last budget before leaving office, Gov. Chris Gregoire this week addressed the state’s nearly $1 billion budget deficit, and tackled a court mandate to fully fund basic education. Read UW’s Office of Planning & Budgeting brief and blog post on the Governor’s 2013-2015 budget proposal. The Governor released both a “Book 1″ and a “Book 2″ budget.
The UW’s state funding has been cut 50 percent in the past three years. The UW External Affairs staff has prepared a series of documents to help people understand what the cuts mean and why higher education funding needs to be a real priority in the next state budget. Please visit Our Shared Future at
With the legislative houses several hundred million dollars apart on a final biennial budget, and the official end of the session coming this week, a special session is all but certain. Dozens of important fiscal and policy bills also await action. Read an update from Olympia here.
“It is discouraging to see half of the state’s appropriation for the UW disappear in the space of two biennia. On the one hand, we are grateful that the House budget writers recognize the links among tuition, state funds, and financial aid. When the state does not have the funds to support higher education, raising
The recent decline in the state’s tax revenue projections leaves higher education especially vulnerable, according to the editorial page of the Tacoma News Tribune. “… destroying college opportunity is like selling the children to pay the groceries.”
Higher education is at a crossroads. The recession has led to dramatic cuts in higher education funding. To prevent further cuts, “the alumni of the University of Washington, Washington State University and Western Washington University have come together like never before and are raising their voices to call attention to the challenges facing higher education
Unfortunately, on this St. Patrick’s Day, the state’s revenue forecast has the state seeing more red than green. For more detail on what the numbers mean for the UW and the state, visit the OPB blog here.
The editorial boards of the state’s largest newspapers have commented recently on the crisis in higher education. The Walla Walla Union Bulletin (editorial not available online) commented March 3, “Higher education in Washington state isn’t getting the respect it deserves nor the cash it needs from state lawmakers…. Lawmakers need to accept their responsibility as« Previous Page Next Page »