State Relations

2008 Session Summary Now Available

The final 2008 UW legislation session summary is now available on the State Relations website in the “Spotlight” section.  Download and share to your heart’s content.

Several Members Set to Retire in 2008

Although the official news of Rep. Helen Sommers decision to not seek another term in the state House rightly dominated much of the end of session press coverage, a number of other legislators have decided to call it a day at the end of their current terms.  Here’s the current list of those state elected officials who

UW North Sound Must Wait Another Year

One thing I forgot to mention in the last post is the ultimate fate of the UW North Sound campus.  In short, it’s not happening this year at all.  All that’s left in the operating or capital budget is a $100,000 appropriation to the Higher Education Coordinating board to convene the interested parties in Snohomish,

2008 Supplemental Budget Assessment — Not Bad, Not Bad At All

Well, now that we’ve all had a chance to digest the details of the final legislative supplemental operating and capital budgets, I’ve come to the conclusion that given the Governor’s desire to maintain a large budget reserve, the precipitous $423 million drop in revenues in February, the $91 million in increased mandatory expenditures that were estimated

Budgets Are Public

The supplemental operating and capital budgets are now public.  I have posted an updated budget comparison spreadsheet in the Highlights section that includes the final conference proposals for the UW. More to come later.

It’s Official: Rep. Helen Sommers to Retire

Seattle Times Olympia reporter Ralph Thomas has posted a story on the paper’s website that has been in the rumor mill for some time — Rep. Helen Sommers (D-Seattle) is officially planning to step down when her term expires at the end of this year. The state’s longest serving legislator was first elected to the House

T-Minus Two Days and Counting

Day 58 just ended moments ago as both the Senate and House chambers adjourned until tomorrow morning.  Both Houses continue the slow march of passing bills and negotiating the final details of both the operating and capital budgets which will be made public tomorrow morning.  As soon as we have details on the final budget

UW North Sound Campus Still Hanging Around

Not sure how many of you many have noticed this story in yesterday’s Everett Herald, but supporters of a new UW branch campus in Snohomish County are shopping a bill during the waning days of the 2008 session which would statutorily establish the new UW campus in Snohomish County but not specify the exact location

Good News on the I-960 Fee Bill

Last evening, the House Appropriations committee passed a new version of HB 3381 that does include the amendment that was being pushed by higher education institutions to re-authorize tuition and fees for the remainder of the current biennium.  For the time being at least, the UW and other universities and colleges are breathing a huge

To Fee or Not to Fee?

Well, this has been a very interesting 24 hours. One of the odd outcomes that resulted from the passage last fall of Initiative 960 (I-960) is the opinion from the state’s Solicitor General that agencies, like the University of Washington, need to ask the legislature this session to essentially “re-authorize” tuition and fee increase authority

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