State Relations

January 15, 2008

Tough Times Ahead in the Golden State?

While Washington begins it’s 2008 legislative session with a large budget surplus that the Governor and many legislative leaders have sworn to protect, the fiscal outlook in our large neighbor to the south is quite grim. Governor Schwarzenegger’s proposed 2008-09 budget was released a week ago and it calls for 10% across-the-board reductions in virtually every…

January 14, 2008

New Website for Council of Presidents

I’m happy to report that the Council of Presidents (the organization which represents the six public baccalaureate institutions) has created a new website that should prove helpful to those of you in the campus community charged with tracking legislation.  You can find the link at: Under the “Legislative Information” section, you can find out which bills…

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…

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