State Relations

May 15, 2008

How Green Was My College?

More affirmation in the national press about the UW’s efforts to be as environmentally friendly a university as possible. Forbes Magazine recently did a feature story on America’s greenest colleges and universities and the University of Washington was rated in the top ten nationally for our active participation in the Seattle Climate Partnership, our commitment

Another House Member Will Step Down

Just last week I wrote about Rep. Shirley Hankins (R-Richland) announcement that she would not run for re-election this November to her 8th district seat.  At the time, Hankins was the 10th member of the lower chamber to announce they were not coming back to Olympia. Well, make that eleven.  In an announcement yesterday that

May 11, 2008

Gregoire and Rossi Party Together?

Last Friday night, a party was held in the Temple of Justice in Olympia for long-time AP reporter Dave Ammons who is retiring after 37 years covering state politics.  Ammons is now commnications director for the Secretary of State. Lots of folks were there it seems, including the two major candidates for Governor — incumbant

May 8, 2008

Rep. Shirley Hankins Will Not Run for Re-Election

Add another name to the list of incumbant state legislators who will not return in 2009. Rep. Shirley Hankins (R-Richland) announced yesterday that she will not seek re-election to her 8th legislative district seat.  Hankins becomes the 10th member of the state House who will not run for office this November. Hankins, 76, has served in the

Is Reduced State Support for Higher Education A Good Thing?

Interesting report released on Tuesday of this week from Moody’s Investors Service and a follow-up story in the Chronicle of Higher Education yesterday. For years now, higher education leaders have decried the steady decline in the percentage of higher education funding supported by state tax dollars and the corresponding shift in funding to tuition, private

May 7, 2008

Rep. Hans Dunshee on the Mend

Today’s Everett Herald reports that Rep. Hans Dunshee (D-Snohomish) is recovering after being hospitalized for five days last month for a serious staph infection.  According to the article, Dunshee cut his leg getting in and out of his kayak and the cut became badly infected. Dunshee is the Vice Chair of the House Appropriations Committee and

May 5, 2008

Wisconsin’s Take on Losing Bruce Shepard to Western

Lots of news in the local paper’s recently about university presidential compensation which I’m sure most of you have read by now. Here’s another story from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that looks at presidential compensation from the viewpoint of a state that’s beginning to think it might have become a farm team for training everyone

May 2, 2008

Higher Ed Leaders Send Letter to Presidential Candidates

Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board Executive Director Ann Daley has co-signed a letter along with dozens of other national higher education leaders to presidential candidates Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain urging them to address the nation’s major higher education challenges. The letter states that by the end of the next President’s first term,

Olympia News and Notes

Here are a few items of note from the state capitol that made news this past week. TVW, the state’s public affairs network has a new President.  Greg Lane, former deputy chief of staff to Attorney General Rob McKenna assumed the helm of Washington’s “C-SPAN” station on May 1.  Lane succeeds former TVW President Cindy Zehnder

April 30, 2008

I’d Prefer “Melancholy” to “Pessimistic”

Here’s a story that popped up on the web a couple of days ago summarizing the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) most recent fiscal survey of the states.  SPOILER WARNING: you might get depressed if you read any further. If you’re a regular reader of this blog you know that budget misery is infecting

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