State Relations

February 15, 2008

Revenue Forecast Drops $423 Million

The much anticipated quarterly revenue forecast was released this afternoon in Olympia and as predicted for the past several weeks, it dropped.  Dr. Chang Mook Sohn, in his final meeting as chief revenue forecaster, estimates that the state will take in $423 million less for the remainder of the current biennium than predicted last November. …

February 13, 2008

House Budget Due in One Week

The proposed 2008 supplemental operating budget is expected to be released one week from today on February 20th by committee chair Rep. Helen Sommers (D-Seattle).  A public hearing on that budget is now scheduled for 3:30 p.m. that afternoon in House Hearing Room A.  The 2008 House capital budget is also expected to be released…

February 12, 2008

Key Bills Clear Fiscal Committees at Session Halfway Point

Today is the official midpoint of the 2008 legislative session.  Considering the collective dread that everyone in town is viewing this Friday’s general fund revenue forecast update, in hindsight, this might also be the highpoint of the 2008 legislative session.  But more on that at a later time. This afternoon, the UW’s request legislation (SB…

February 8, 2008

Higher Ed News Around the Nation

Time to check in on the joy or misery being experienced by our fellow higher education colleagues in other states around the nation. California A few weeks ago, I wrote a short piece about Proposition 92, a ballot measure in California which would would have established a funding guarantee for the state’s community colleges as…

Update on Legislation

Policy committee cut-off is today so I thought I’d take a moment to provide an update on a number of bills we are keeping a particularly close eye on this session. HB 2825/SB 6637 — Allowing certain permit holders to obtain alcohol in nonbeverage form directly from suppliers This is the UW’s bill that would…

February 6, 2008

Mid-Week Assessment

More than halfway through cut-off week and I’m really pooped today.  I actually nodded off in the back of the Ways and Means hearing room waiting for a hearing on a bill that the committee never got to.  I really need to get to bed a lot sooner I think. I hope many of you got a…

February 5, 2008

Campus Legislative Briefing Change

The campus legislative briefing I was hoping to have on February 12 has now been rescheduled for Friday February 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Regents Room, third floor of Gerberding Hall.  Hope to see many of you there.

February 3, 2008

Week Four Preview

It’s week number four in Olympia and this Friday is cut-off day for all standing policy committees in the House and Senate.  As a reminder, that generally means if it hasn’t moved onto a fiscal committee or the rules committee by Friday, it’s dead for the session.  So, you can bet this will be a…

February 1, 2008

It Was Twenty Years Ago Today …..

…… that I started working for the state of Washington.  On Monday February 1, 1988, I walked into the offices of the Senate Ways and Means Committee in what is now the A,B,C conference rooms in the John A. Cherberg Building to begin working as a fiscal analyst for the Washington State Legislature.  The Friday…

January 31, 2008

Dark Economic Clouds on the Horizon?

And I’m not just talking about the weather (which has been miserable as you know). Tomorrow we hit the one-third mark of this legislative session and while policy committees are in a full blown state of frenzy as they approach their cut-off dates next week, the hallways and corridors are filled with some apprehension and…

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