January 14, 2008
Cue the Theme Music Please…..
“Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends, we’re so glad you could attend come inside, come inside…..” Good morning, and welcome to the 2008 legislative session which officially kicks off at noon today in Olympia. Sixty days sessions are sprints — fast, furious and halfway over before a lot of folks have…
January 10, 2008
New Legislators for 2008
Although 2007 was not a general election year, the beginning of the 2008 legislative session brings seven new legislators to Olympia – one new state Senator and six new state Representatives. Here is a brief summary of the new political faces in Olympia for 2008. Sen. Curtis King (R-Yakima) from the 14th district who defeated…
January 9, 2008
Shin Endorses Everett Site for New Snohomish Campus
Sen. Paull Shin (D-Edmonds) the chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee today endorsed the Pacific Station site in Everett as his preferred location for a new UW North Sound branch campus. In a news release sent out earlier this afternoon, Shin cited the recently completed NBBJ site selection study report which gave the highest…
January 8, 2008
Gov Has Tough Love Words for Snohomish Campus Supporters
Obviously, one of the major higher education issues during the 2008 legislative session will be whether or not to officially create a new UW branch campus in Snohomish County and just where that campus might be located. Things have been pretty quiet on the UW North Sound front since the Governor’s budget was released in…
January 7, 2008
UW Legislative Briefing This Friday
With the beginning of the 2008 legislative session just one week from today, the first State Relations Legislative Update Briefing will be held this Friday, January 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Gerberding 142. Topics to be covered include a session preview as well as a summary of the University’s 2008 budget and…
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)…
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…
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…
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…