State Relations

July 16, 2015

Governor Inslee signs bipartisan transportation investment package at UW

Yesterday (July 15), joined by a bipartisan group of state legislators and transportation leaders, Governor Jay Inslee signed the statewide transportation package at the UW’s Conibear Shellhouse. UW Interim President Ana Mari Cauce introduced Gov. Inslee, and in her remarks noted the investment package will benefit thousands of UW students, faculty, employees, patients, visitors, and…

June 30, 2015

Statement from UW interim President Ana Mari Cauce on the two-year state budget approved by the Washington Legislature

“On behalf of University of Washington students, faculty, staff and alumni, I want to express my thanks and appreciation to our elected officials for making investments in higher education a true budget priority during the 2015 legislative session. While the previous budget began to reverse the long-term trend of shifting the burden of paying for…

June 28, 2015

State operating budget deal announced, third special session starts today

Early Saturday (June 27) morning, after an all-night negotiating session, word came from legislative negotiators and the Governor that a “deal in principle” had been agreed to on the state operating budget. In a press statement that followed late yesterday, budget negotiators released an outline of the agreement, but also note they are continuing their marathon negotiation sessions to iron…

June 19, 2015

Purple and gold in Spokane

The University of Washington is hosting a series of events in Spokane this week and next. On Wednesday (June 17), UW Interim President Ana Mari Cauce hosted a kickoff reception at the new UW Spokane Center (201 W. Main). It was a wonderful gathering of state and local elected officials, business and community leaders, UW…

June 11, 2015

Governor signs bill expanding computer science education, second special session approaches half-way mark

UW State Relations was pleased to attend Governor Jay Inslee‘s signing of HB 1813, a bill that expands computer science education in K-12 schools. The bipartisan bill was sponsored by Reps. Drew Hansen, D-Bainbridge Island, and Chad Magendanz, R-Issaquah, and intends to help prepare more Washington students for jobs in the high-tech industry. Read more about the bill…

June 4, 2015

Seattle Times Editorial: Legislature should fund UW computer science expansion

From today’s Seattle Times: WHILE computer science and engineering jobs boom in Washington, the state is graduating too few of its own residents in this field, which plays such a crucial role in the state’s fortunes. The University of Washington argues persuasively that it needs more space to address the demand both from students and…

May 20, 2015

Revenue forecast shows $400 million uptick

State budget writers received some positive news this week in the form of a modest increase of about $400 million over previous assumptions in the state’s revenue forecast. From TVW’s Capitol Record: The Economic and Revenue Forecast Council expects the state to collect $327 million more in the 2015-17 cycle than previously projected. It also…

May 19, 2015

UW Law students help secure passage of SB 5564

Governor Jay Inslee signed the Youth Equality and Reintegration Act (YEAR) (SB 5564), a bill sponsored by Sen. Steve O’Ban, and authored by a group of five students at the University of Washington School of Law, as well as community partners including Columbia Legal Services. The new legislation will permit all eligible youth in Washington…

April 28, 2015

Governor Inslee signs bill addressing sexual violence on college campuses

Sen. Barbara Bailey and Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles both introduced legislation this session to assess and address sexual assault on college campuses in our state. Governor Inslee signed Sen. Kohl-Welles’ SB 5518 last week, which charges institutions of higher education with developing procedures to address sexual assault. Sen. Bailey’s SB 5719, which creates a sexual assault task force, will be…

Legislature heads into overtime

On Friday (April 24), the Legislature adjourned from its regular session. With several critical items left undone, including a 2015-2017 operating budget, Governor Inslee announced he will call the Legislature back into session this Wednesday (April 29). Meanwhile, the Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler has called for the Legislature to finish its work by May 15….

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