President Young’s statement on the passage of the Real Hope Act

“Today’s action by the State Legislature was a vote of confidence in students and their importance to the future of our state,” said UW President Michael K. Young. “It sends a strong message that an education should be available to absolutely everyone. For years, our state has invested in these students’ success in our K-12… Read More


2014 legislative session begins January 13, UW releases legislative agenda

The 2014 60-day legislative session starts next Monday (January 13). To learn more about the UW’s 2014 top legislative priorities, you can now read and download the University’s 2014 Legislative Agenda. Here is a quick overview: Priority #1: Preserve the 2014 Resident Undergraduate Tuition Freeze The UW is committed to a continued freeze in 2014… Read More


This Week in Olympia: Committee Assembly Days, Revenue Forecast

State lawmakers return to Olympia this week for Committee Assembly Days. On Thursday (Nov. 21) and Friday (Nov. 22), legislative members will attend committee hearings to discuss upcoming legislative priorities, and also gather for caucus meetings. To find out what meetings are happening when, check out the legislative calendar here; if you want to follow the action… Read More


Today in Olympia: Day 2 of Special Session

Today is Day 2 of the 2013 3rd Special Session. This morning, the House Finance Committee approved a proposal (House Bill 2089) to extend tax incentives for Boeing and the aerospace industry. House committee approves Boeing tax incentives, 10-3 http://t.co/u6IFgthUA3 #waleg — TVW (@TVWnews) November 8, 2013 The proposal’s next stops are in committee meetings… Read More


Governor calls special session for Boeing 777X package

Gov. Jay Inslee announced yesterday (11/5) that he is calling the legislature back for a special session beginning Thursday, Nov. 7, to approve a package aimed at encouraging The Boeing Company to build the 777X airplane in Washington State. The Governor’s Office released a list of the package elements here. Reporting on the Governor’s announcement,… Read More


State Legislators and staff visit the UW

The Office of State Relations hosted a group of state legislators and staff on campus last Friday (September 27) for a tour of the Institute for Protein Design, a campus tour including the recently renovated Odegaard Undergraduate Library & Learning Commons and the Paul G. Allen Center for Computing & Engineering, and a lunch briefing with… Read More


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… Read More


State Rep. Steve O’Ban tapped by Pierce County Council to fill Carrell seat

The News Tribune reports: Pierce County Council votes to have Steve O'Ban fill Mike Carrell's state Senate seat. #WAleg — Tacoma News Tribune (@thenewstribune) June 4, 2013 Now it's unanimous 7-0 for O'Ban. — Jordan Schrader (@Jordan_Schrader) June 4, 2013 O’Ban will fill the vacancy left by the recent passing of State Senator Mike Carrell…. Read More


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… Read More