Last Friday (March 7) was the second to last cut-off deadline of the session (the last day to consider opposite house bills), with the other being Sine Die (the last day allowed for regular session under the state constitution). The Friday cutoff doesn’t apply to bills considered necessary to implement the budget (“NTIB”), or already agreed to
An interview with President Michael Young for the show Inside Olympia aired on TVW Thursday evening. The interview, by Austin Jenkins, covers a range of subjects, including the direction of higher education in the state, how to fund it successfully and what recent developments in online education and commercial development of university research mean for the future.
In today’s The Olympian newspaper, Lee Huntsman, president emeritus of the University of Washington, and Lee Hartwell, president emeritus of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, published an opinion editorial urging the Governor and state lawmakers to preserve funding for the Life Sciences Discovery Fund in the supplemental budget. Read the editorial.
This week, leaders of the Senate and House fiscal committees released their supplemental operating and capital budgets. The budgets propose technical corrections and appropriation changes to the current 2013-15 biennial budgets. Read UW’s Office of Planning & Budgeting brief (PDF) comparing the Governor, House, and Senate budgets. In terms of process, the Senate budget was passed out of
“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
Two legislative proposals to help higher education institutions operate more efficiently cleared hurdles this week. Each year a work group from higher ed institutions, made up of administrators and staff, meets to study and review efficiency efforts, and then recommends a range of efficiency measures to the state legislature that require changes to state law.
This week is policy cutoff in the House (Wednesday) and Senate (Friday). That means that if a policy bill hasn’t had a public hearing and been voted out of committee, it’s not likely going further in the process this legislative session. Another cutoff date will occur next week, when the same process will unfold on
On Thursday (Jan. 30), UW Director of Student Financial Aid Kay Lewis presented during a work session of the Senate Higher Education Committee. UW provided an overview of cost of attendance, tuition and fees, sources and types of student financial aid, along with several UW-specific pride points and challenges. View the UW PowerPoint: Watch the
Yesterday (Jan. 30) at an afternoon press conference, Senate Higher Education Chair Barbara Bailey (R-Whidbey Island) announced the introduction of Senate Bill 6523, referred to as the REAL Hope Act. The proposal, which mirrors the so-called “DREAM Act” would allow students who were illegally brought to the United States as children to be eligible for state financial
Today is day 17 of the 60-day 2014 Regular Session. This week, Regents and Trustees from the state’s six public four-year universities and college, and the state’s two-year community and technical colleges, descended on Olympia for a full-day of meetings with state lawmakers and Gov. Jay Inslee. Topics included the need to return to pre-recession levelsNext page