January 3, 2008

Fromhold to Retire After Current Term

Happy New Year UW state relations blog readers!  Hope all of you had a restful and enjoyable holiday. Here’s a story from this morning’s Vancouver Columbian in which Rep. Bill Fromhold (D-Vancouver) announces he will not seek re-election to his 49th district seat next fall.  He plans to become the executive director of the Mentoring Advanced Placement (MAP)… Read More


December 21, 2007

Settling Down For A Long Winter’s Nap …..

The Capitol Update Blog is going to take a break over the winter holidays.  Hope all of you have a peaceful and happy holiday season.  We’ll be back at it on January 2nd.


December 20, 2007

Upon Further Review…..

I’ve now had a chance to examine the Governor’s 2008 supplemental budget in a bit more detail, helped along quite a bit by a detailed breakdown of her spending plan prepared by the staff of the Senate Ways and Means Committee. This analysis looks not only at state general fund spending, but what budget analysts in Olympia… Read More


December 19, 2007

Some Thoughts on the State Capital Budget

We have talked about the challenges the University faces when it comes to dealing with a multi-million backlog of capital facilities projects and the difficulties faced by legislators in putting all the pieces together in the state capital budget.  The piece below is part of a regular communication which UW Foundation leaders Orin Smith, Dan… Read More


December 18, 2007

Governor’s 2008 Supplemental Budget Released

Governor Gregoire released her 2008 supplemental budget proposal this morning in Olympia.  The $144 million general fund spending proposal includes a “net” total of $99 million in what she terms “required spending items” such as caseloads, litigation, federal requirements, a one-time $105 million savings in health care benefit costs (see below) and other unavoidable costs. The supplemental budget also calls… Read More


December 17, 2007

New York Higher Education Commission to Release Report

In his successful campaign for Governor last year, Eliot Spitzer asked why New York did not have a “Berkeley of the East” and said he wanted New York’s public colleges to be among the finest in the nation.  Spitzer’s remark lead to the creation of a 30-member State Commission on Higher Education which releases its… Read More


December 14, 2007

Helen Sommers Re-Election Watch Begins

Public radio reporter Austin Jenkins wrote this story for Crosscut.com yesterday about what has been a hot topic in the Olympia rumor mill for a number of weeks — will Rep. Helen Sommers (D-Seattle) run for re-election in 2008? Sommers, who is 75 is the chair of the powerful House Appropriations Committee and a longtime friend… Read More


Olympia News and Notes

With the departure of Rep. Jon Lovick from the state legislature due to his election as the new Snohomish County Sherrif, Rep. Jeff Morris (D-Anacortes) has been elected by his caucus to be House Speaker Pro Tem.  In this capacity, Morris will preside over floor debate when House Speaker Frank Chopp is not at the… Read More


December 13, 2007

Rep. Fred Jarrett to Switch Parties — Run for State Senate

According to Seattle Times chief political reporter David Postman, Rep. Fred Jarrett (R-Mercer Island), a long-time supporter of higher education announced today he is switching parties and will run for the state Senate next year in the 41st district as a Democrat.  Incumbent Sen. Brian Weinstein (D-Mercer Island) has also announced his retirement, clearing the… Read More


Supplemental Budget Update — Campus Safety

Hope most of you saw the story’s in the papers yesterday about the Governor’s proposals to improve campus safety at the state’s universities and colleges.  The UW had requested a total of $5.3 million for various campus safety initiatives in our 2008 supplemental budget request.  This included: $4.5 million one-time funding for a mass notification… Read More