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January 20, 2017

News from Olympia: Legislative Session Day 12

The 2017 legislative session is in full swing in Olympia. Here are a few highlights from the past twelve days: New director, Joe Dacca, updated the Senate Higher Education committee about the UW’s legislative priorities. New associate director, Jillian Kilby, testified in support of HB 1107 to remove the term “branch” as an identifying factor…


January 10, 2017

UW releases 2017 state legislative agenda

Just in time for the start of the 2017 legislative session, the University of Washington released its legislative priorities. Here’s an overview of key priorities from the agenda: Operating Budget Priorities Competing for excellence: As a world-class academic and research institution, the UW is dedicated to retaining and attracting the best faculty and staff who…


November 9, 2016

Update from State Relations: Initial state election results are in

The State Relations team has been closely monitoring the results of the election for our state-wide and state legislative offices. Here are some of the highlights and things to expect in January 2017: -Governor Jay Inslee will continue to reside in the Governor’s mansion. -Five new faces in state-wide office: Lt. Governor: Cyrus Habib –…


October 13, 2016

Update from State Relations: October 2016

We are officially in Autumn Quarter at the university and things are still bustling for the State Relations team. Here are some highlights from the month so far:   On October 7, Governor Inslee issued an executive order to combat the opioid crisis facing our state. The press conference took place in the Hogness Auditorium…


July 21, 2016

External Affairs hosts state, city staff for Early Learning Showcase

On Tuesday, the Office of External Affairs hosted an Early Learning Showcase. Attendees started the day at the UW Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences, learning about brain development and language, plus cognition and social understanding. The visit also included a tour of the facility and a discussion about how research can be put into…


March 30, 2016

That’s a wrap! 2016 session adjourned

On day 20 of the special session, just before 11:00 p.m., the legislature adjourned sine die, after passing compromise operating and capital budgets earlier in the day. Over the past two-plus weeks, budget negotiators worked through a number of outstanding revenue and spending issues, entertaining and then abandoning a number of different tools to generate small…


March 2, 2016

Budgets are out! Here’s how they stack up on UW priorities

The most recent state revenue forecast in mid-February dealt a blow to the state and made negotiating a supplemental budget more challenging. The forecast reduced the current biennium’s revenues by $67 million and the next biennium’s by another $442 million. Read more details on the February 17 state revenue forecast here. Both the House and the…


March 1, 2016

2016 Session: It’s been a whirlwind!

The past seven weeks have flown by, filled with testimony, legislative agendas, and plenty of policy discussion. Here are a few of the things that have been going on while we’ve been here at the capitol. President Cauce visits Olympia President Ana Mari Cauce made three trips to Olympia to thank legislators for historic investments…


January 12, 2016

UW releases 2016 state legislative agenda

Today, the University released its legislative priorities for the 2016 session that began yesterday in Olympia. The governor delivered his State of the State address this afternoon, with Board Chair Bill Ayer representing the UW Board of Regents as one of the governor’s guests. Here is a quick overview of what’s on the agenda: Make…


December 10, 2015

Ramping up toward 2016 session; Governor’s budget release is imminent

It’s that time of year again! No, not holiday shopping and what some affectionately call “butter season,” but the crescendo toward the opening of the 2016 Washington legislative session! As a “short” 60-day session, expectations are generally modest, as they usually provide a limited opportunity for both policy-making and funding. Why? Two primary reasons: 1-…



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