State Relations

February 28, 2013

State Supreme Court Strikes Down Supermajority Vote Requirement

Via the Associated Press: A divided high court ruled 6-3 Thursday that an initiative requiring a two-thirds vote was in conflict with the state Constitution. And that lawmakers and the people of Washington would need to pass a constitutional amendment to change from a simple majority to a supermajority. AP News – WA Supreme Court

January 18, 2013

This Week in Olympia: Legislature Kicks Off, Governor Sworn In, Committees Get to Work

On Monday, members of the House & Senate took their oaths of office. In the State Senate, as was expected, the Majority Coalition Caucus took control after a brief floor fight. And we've got a leadership structure. The state Senate votes 25-23 to adopt proposal of 23R/2D Majority Coalition Caucus. #waleg — Brian M. Rosenthal

January 10, 2013

At Associated Press Forum, Legislators Preview Session, Gov-Elect Inslee Announces Appointments

With the start of the 105-day legislative session set to kick off next Monday, Jan. 14, the Associated Press held its annual forum featuring state legislators and decision-makers in Olympia today. The big topics? Finding additional funding for basic education, the committee structure and leadership of the State Senate, and addressing the estimated $1 billion

January 8, 2013

Reinvestment proposal offers to freeze tuition

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

December 28, 2012

The Week in Tweets: State Senate Negotiations, and Budget Blueprints

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

December 19, 2012

Gov. Gregoire Releases 2013-2015 Budget Blueprint

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.

December 7, 2011

Our shared future at risk

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

April 20, 2011

Budget issues unresolved; special session likely

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.

April 6, 2011

Statement from UW Interim President Phyllis Wise on House budget

“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

March 21, 2011

Revenue forecast bodes ill for higher education

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.”

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