April 18, 2008
UW Competes Well in Latest Round of Life Sciences Discovery Fund Awards
It was about three years ago this month that the Governor’s proposal to direct the state’s tobacco settlement bonus dollars into a new Life Sciences Discovery Fund to advance state research efforts in health sciences passed the state legislature. The bill was a major victory for the Governor in the 2005 session and something the UW and…
April 13, 2008
Longtime Olympia AP Reporter to Step Down
Dave Ammons, the “Dean” of state political reporters in Olympia and a 37-year veteran state government correspondent for the Associated Press is stepping down. After almost four decades covering the state legislature, Governor’s office and state government in general, Ammons (a UW Communications grad) will become a state employee himself, as he assumes the job of…
April 10, 2008
New Higher Education Policy Advisor for Governor Gregoire
Back from a quick family vacation and during the drive home yesterday, I realized that I missed updating all of you on an important staff change in the Governor’s policy office. In late February, Debora Merle (who has served as the Governor’s higher education policy advisor since the beginning of her administration), left Olympia to become…
April 6, 2008
Away From the Blog
I’m off this week for a little R & R with the family. We’ll check in later.
April 2, 2008
No Changes from Gov in Supplemental Capital Budget
Just got a chance to review the Governor’s veto message on the 2008 supplemental capital budget and there are no changes that impact the University. On the positive side, this means the $3 million for the UW Tacoma campus land acquisition and soils remediation project remains intact and $300,000 to conduct a pre-design study for a future…
April 1, 2008
Gov’s Veto Pen Does Not Spare Higher Ed or the UW
Governor Gregoire took action today on the 2008 supplemental budget. As expected before signing the bill into law, she exercised her veto power to eliminate about $15 million in state general fund spending from the legislatively enacted budget, increasing the size of the state’s total budget reserves from $835 million to $850 million. Few agencies…
March 31, 2008
Governor to Sign Operating and Capital Budgets Tomorrow
Just got word this morning that the Governor will take action on the 2008 supplemental operating and capital budgets tomorrow, April 1, at 2:00 p.m. Apparently the Governor has been working her way line-by-line through both budgets and some vetoes of new legislative spending items are expected. The UW is also watching the capital budget…
March 23, 2008
If you didn’t see this….
Here’s a link to a nice profile of Rep. Helen Sommers (D-Seattle) in Sunday’s Seattle Times written by Andrew Garber.
March 19, 2008
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…