State Relations

March 10, 2008

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

March 8, 2008

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

March 7, 2008

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

March 6, 2008

Governor Dan Evans Wins Coveted TVW “Cammy” Award

It seems unlikely that on day 53 of this 60-day session that our request legislation to provide $150 million in public financing to renovate Husky Stadium is going to leap to the forefront of “go home” issues (although I am still permitted to dream if I want).  But that doesn’t mean the UW is coming back from

March 3, 2008

Lots to Cover — Ready for a Quick Download?

Much has been happening today as we begin to countdown towards adjournment on March 13.  Here’s a brief summary of what’s making news in the state capitol today of interest to the UW. Senate Democrats Challenge Initiative 960 Last Friday, Lt. Governor Brad Owen ruled that a legislative measure to apply a surcharge to the

February 29, 2008

Next Campus Legislative Briefing

The next (and likely final) campus legislative briefing will be held next Tuesday, March 4 from 11:00 a.m. to noon in the Regents Room in Gerberding Hall. House and Senate budget proposals have passed their respective chambers so negotiations begin in earnest next week.  Today is the last day for policy committees to consider bills

February 27, 2008

Funding for eScience Institute Added to Senate Budget

During their executive session on the 2008 supplemental operating budget this afternoon, the Senate Ways and Means committee added $1 million to the University’s budget for the eScience Institute proposal that was part of the UW’s original supplemental budget request.  The amendment was co-sponsored by Senators Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-Seattle) and Senator Brian Hatfield (D-Raymond).  Senator

February 26, 2008

Senate Budget Released

The Senate released their versions of the operating and capital budgets today at a noon press conference in Olympia.  For the UW, the news was much improved from what was unveiled last week in the House of Representatives. OPERATING BUDGET Of most importance, the Senate not only maintained funding in the underlying budget for the

February 25, 2008

Budget Update

The House of Representatives is debating the 2008 supplemental operating budget as I post this entry.  Unfortunately for the UW and WSU Star Researchers program, an amendment sponsored by Rep. Larry Haler (R-Richland) which would have restored the $1.5 million cut out in the House budget proposal failed on a voice vote less than a half hour

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

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