State Relations

January 12, 2011

Plight of public higher education discussed on KING-TV

“Up Front,”  a weekly news program on KING-TV, explores the rising cost of public higher education in Washington. A college degree has never been more important, but the state has less money to spend. So who pays the price?

January 4, 2011

Higher ed task force makes recommendations

A  task force appointed by the governor has recommended that the state’s four-year colleges and universities be allowed to raise tuition  to cover costs  if necessary to produce more college graduates to meet demand.  The task force also recommended creating a scholarship fund with a $1 billion fund-raising goal in the next decade to support low- and middle-income…

December 15, 2010

Governor unveils budget that would cut $4 billion

On Wednesday morning, Gov. Gregoire unveiled a budget that would eliminate many services for the poor and also would make dramatic cuts in education funding. Tuition would increase by 22 percent over two years at the UW, WSU and Western Washington University. But even with the cuts, colleges and universities would experience $220 million in cuts….

December 13, 2010

Legislators cut about $700 million from state budget

Actions taken by the state legislature, meeting Saturday,  are expected to trim about $700 million from the state budget deficit for the current fiscal year ending in June 2011. The cuts include $51 million from higher education, including $11.4 million from the UW. The UW cut formalizes action taken by Gov. Gregoire in September when…

December 9, 2010

Lawmakers to convene Saturday

Gov. Chris Gregoire and legislative leaders have decided to convene a special session this Saturday morning. See the governor’s statement about the special session and read her special session proclamation.

December 6, 2010

Governor calls special session

Gov. Chris Gregoire has called a special session of the Legislature to deal with the budget crisis. A date hasn’t been set, but she said it’ll be before Christmas. Local news coverage: Seattle Times | | | |

November 30, 2010

Suzan DelBene named revenue director

In news from Olympia, Gov. Chris Gregoire appointed Suzan DelBene to be the state’s next revenue director.  Here’s the news release from the governor’s office. (Opens in a new window.)

November 19, 2010

Another gloomy state revenue forecast

Officials are now saying the state is expected to take in $1.2 billion less in tax revenue than projected between now and June 2013, according to The Seattle Times. (Read the article.) Gov. Chris Gregoire said that would mean a loss of $385 million for the current biennium. She added in a prepared statement that “the…

September 16, 2010

UW leadership addresses budget issues

In a joint memo, outgoing President Mark Emmert and incoming Interim President Phyllis Wise briefed students, faculty and staff about the worsening condition of the state’s budget. Read their memo, which was posted to the president’s blog.

August 31, 2010

Economic and Societal Impact of the UW

The economic, employment and government revenue impact of operations and research at the University of Washington is measured in a new report prepared by Tripp Umbach, a nationally recognized consulting firm. Among the key findings: $9.1 billion in total economic impact is generated by the UW in the state of Washington, and every $1 that…

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