February 21, 2008

House Budget Cuts STAR Researcher Funding for UW and WSU

My bad.  I testified yesterday in House Appropriations and praised committee members for at least protecting the base level of funding for the UW and other four year institutions.  Well, turns out I was wrong, at least for the state’s research universities. Staff from the Higher Education Coordinating Board brought to our attention this morning a… Read More


February 20, 2008

House Budgets Released

The House of Representatives released its versions of the operating, capital and transportation budgets today in Olympia.  As expected, they were pretty lean and mostly devoid of new spending initiatives for the UW and the other four year institutions.  Briefly, here is a summary of how the University fared. OPERATING BUDGET The House budget provides… Read More


Performance Agreement Legislation Moving Forward

With a strong 95-2 vote in the House of Representatives, it seems that Rep. Fred Jarrett’s (D-Mercer Island) long-time goal of using performance agreements to link higher education funding with clearly understood accountability measures may actually be on the brink of becoming state law. EHB 2641 would establish six-year pilot performance agreements with all of… Read More


February 18, 2008

Whither UW North Sound?

Well, there are two days left for floor action on both House and Senate bills and I’m still getting plenty of inquiries on the status of the UW North Sound campus.  Last Tuesday, the Senate Ways and Means committee failed to advance ANY of the measures related to the new school that would have favored,… Read More


February 15, 2008

Revenue Forecast Drops $423 Million

The much anticipated quarterly revenue forecast was released this afternoon in Olympia and as predicted for the past several weeks, it dropped.  Dr. Chang Mook Sohn, in his final meeting as chief revenue forecaster, estimates that the state will take in $423 million less for the remainder of the current biennium than predicted last November. … Read More


February 13, 2008

House Budget Due in One Week

The proposed 2008 supplemental operating budget is expected to be released one week from today on February 20th by committee chair Rep. Helen Sommers (D-Seattle).  A public hearing on that budget is now scheduled for 3:30 p.m. that afternoon in House Hearing Room A.  The 2008 House capital budget is also expected to be released… Read More


February 12, 2008

Key Bills Clear Fiscal Committees at Session Halfway Point

Today is the official midpoint of the 2008 legislative session.  Considering the collective dread that everyone in town is viewing this Friday’s general fund revenue forecast update, in hindsight, this might also be the highpoint of the 2008 legislative session.  But more on that at a later time. This afternoon, the UW’s request legislation (SB… Read More


February 8, 2008

Higher Ed News Around the Nation

Time to check in on the joy or misery being experienced by our fellow higher education colleagues in other states around the nation. California A few weeks ago, I wrote a short piece about Proposition 92, a ballot measure in California which would would have established a funding guarantee for the state’s community colleges as… Read More


Update on Legislation

Policy committee cut-off is today so I thought I’d take a moment to provide an update on a number of bills we are keeping a particularly close eye on this session. HB 2825/SB 6637 — Allowing certain permit holders to obtain alcohol in nonbeverage form directly from suppliers This is the UW’s bill that would… Read More


February 6, 2008

Mid-Week Assessment

More than halfway through cut-off week and I’m really pooped today.  I actually nodded off in the back of the Ways and Means hearing room waiting for a hearing on a bill that the committee never got to.  I really need to get to bed a lot sooner I think. I hope many of you got a… Read More