State Relations

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…

March 13, 2008

UW North Sound Must Wait Another Year

One thing I forgot to mention in the last post is the ultimate fate of the UW North Sound campus.  In short, it’s not happening this year at all.  All that’s left in the operating or capital budget is a $100,000 appropriation to the Higher Education Coordinating board to convene the interested parties in Snohomish,…

March 12, 2008

2008 Supplemental Budget Assessment — Not Bad, Not Bad At All

Well, now that we’ve all had a chance to digest the details of the final legislative supplemental operating and capital budgets, I’ve come to the conclusion that given the Governor’s desire to maintain a large budget reserve, the precipitous $423 million drop in revenues in February, the $91 million in increased mandatory expenditures that were estimated…

Budgets Are Public

The supplemental operating and capital budgets are now public.  I have posted an updated budget comparison spreadsheet in the Highlights section that includes the final conference proposals for the UW. More to come later.

March 11, 2008

It’s Official: Rep. Helen Sommers to Retire

Seattle Times Olympia reporter Ralph Thomas has posted a story on the paper’s website that has been in the rumor mill for some time — Rep. Helen Sommers (D-Seattle) is officially planning to step down when her term expires at the end of this year. The state’s longest serving legislator was first elected to the House…

T-Minus Two Days and Counting

Day 58 just ended moments ago as both the Senate and House chambers adjourned until tomorrow morning.  Both Houses continue the slow march of passing bills and negotiating the final details of both the operating and capital budgets which will be made public tomorrow morning.  As soon as we have details on the final budget…

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