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November 19, 2008

Houston, We Have a Problem

In blogging live right now listening to the meeting of the state’s Revenue Forecast Council in Olympia. Dr. Arun Raha, the state’s chief economist just announced that the state revenue forecast is being adjusted downward by $1.9 billion over the next three years.  That’s right, I said $1.9 billion. This is comprised of a loss…


November 14, 2008

State Legislative Election Results Update

Here’s the latest information I have on the state legislative races. In the state Senate, no real change from last week’s update.  The Democrats appear to have lost one seat with the Republicans gaining one for a 31-18 split.  In the 2nd legislative district (SE Pierce County) longtime Democratic incumbent Marilyn Rasmussen has been defeated by…


November 13, 2008

Bad “Budget” Moon Rising?

At the risk of continuing to beat the bad budget news horse to death, here are a few news items that portend nasty state economic news on the horizon. State sales tax collections are down below last year as this news item reports in today’s Seattle P-I. Andrew Garber from the Seattle Times reports that the…


November 12, 2008

Third Party Validation

Here’s an excellent argument for the importance of continuing to support higher education in these exceedingly troubled financial times from Susannah Malarky, Executive Director of the Washington Tech Alliance. Always nice to hear others express support for what we are all about here at the UW.


November 7, 2008

Elections Recap Update

While all of the statewide elected races appear to be settled, there are a few possible surprises brewing at the state legislative level.  On election night it looked like Democrats might pick up a seat or two in both the House and Senate.  Now it looks possible that they may lose a seat in each…


November 5, 2008

Election Recap

Wow, what an interesting election that was yesterday!  We’ll get to the invididual state races of interest in a second, but from the 50,000 foot level, Democrats seem to have strengthened their hold on power in Olympia.  Governor Gregoire was re-elected by a much wider margin than she enjoyed in 2004 and legislative Democrats appear to have made some…


October 30, 2008

HECB Releases 2009-11 Budget Recommendations

The Higher Education Coordinating Board (HECB) released their preliminary 2009-11 operating budget recommendations today at their monthly meeting held on the UW Seattle campus. Given the deteriorating budget outlook for 2009-11 which is resulting from significant declines in projected general fund revenues, Board staff have recommended a very modest level of new investments in higher…


October 28, 2008

Tough Times in the Nation’s “Sunshine” States

While Washington State contemplates how to dig itself out of a projected three plus billion budget hole for next biennium, three of the nation’s sunshine states continue to experience even more dire budget situations which are already having severe impacts on those state’s higher education systems. In California, what Sacramento Bee columnist Dan Walters calls the…


October 20, 2008

Budget Deficits and the Future of Higher Education

Hard to surf the national websites these days without reading about budget misery all around the nation and the plethora of proposals out there to cut funding for higher education.  At least half of the states are projected to be in some current or future state of fiscal distress and as has been in the case…


October 10, 2008

College Degree Rates Are Stalling

Here’s a sobering story from the Boston Globe. One of the United States notable “generational contracts” has been the notion that our children would be more likely to graduate with a college degree than their parents.  That was certainly my parent’s dream for me, neither of whom had an opportunity to get a four-year degree….


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