April 6, 2007

Budget Negotiations Slow to Get Started

Since it has been more than 10 years since Olympia has seen a real operating budget conference committee, there is very little that can be visually observed during the waning days of session to give outsiders much sense of how things are really progressing.  All of the negotiations are done behind closed doors and in an age… Read More


SB 5806 Passes House 96-1

The long-awaited floor action on the Governor’s Washington Learns bill for higher education came to a successful conclusion this morning with the overwhelming passage of SB 5806.  Since the bill was not amended in the House, it can be delivered directly to the Governor for her signature. The bill contains several provisions of importance to the University… Read More


April 5, 2007

SB 5806 Pulled from Rules for House Floor Consideration

The Governor’s Washington Learns higher education legislation (SB 5806) was pulled from the House Rules Committee last evening for possible consideration on the House Floor today.  The bill, sponsored by Sen. Mark Schoesler (R-Ritzville) caps resident undergradaute tuition rates at no more than 7 percent, but also establishes the Global Challenge States (GCS) and the… Read More


April 4, 2007

Debt Authority Bill Passes Legislature — Next Stop Governor

The University’s primary request legislation for the 2007 session was permission to issue bonds or other forms of debt for any university purpose, to be paid from all locally controlled fees and revenues.  Such legislation would provide the UW with the capability to act with speed and certainty when issuing debt and to fund construction or… Read More


April 2, 2007

WA Learns Higher Ed Bill Takes Yet Another, “Positive” Turn

Last week, I wrote about the saga of the Governor’s Washington Learns bill for higher education.  House Bill 1882 actually managed to pass the House Appropriations Committee early last week, but then ran into a buzzsaw of problems in the House Democratic Caucus. The provision included in the bill by Rep. Jim McIntire (D-Seattle) which would… Read More


Senate Passes Budgets — Negotiations to Begin This Week

In a relatively rare Saturday morning session, the Senate passed their versions of the operating, capital and transportation budgets.  There were no changes in any of the budgets affecting appropriations for the University. During debate on the Senate transportation budget, Senator Rosemary McAuliffe (D-Bothell) offered an amendment to provide an additional $6.2 million in funding for the Bothell/Cascadia CC offramp… Read More


March 30, 2007

Senate Budget Clears Committee — Global Health Gets Boost

Last night the Senate Ways and Means Committee passed both their operating and capital budgets in preparation for floor action on Saturday March 31.  Of the more than 70 amendments considered by the committee, one change sponsored by Senator Craig Pridemore (D-Vancouver) increased the appropriation for the UW Department of Global Health from $2.5 million to… Read More


March 29, 2007

Senate Releases Operating and Capital Budgets – Mixed Bag For The UW

OVERVIEW Eight days after House Democrats unveiled their 2007-09 spending proposal, Senate Democrats today released the details of their operating and capital budgets to the public.  While the Senate operating budget does allow the University to make real progress on addressing its per student funding goals, the overall amount of funding provided is less than… Read More


March 27, 2007

HB 1882 Passes House Appropriations Committee

The House version of the Governor’s Washington Learns bill finally passed the House Approprations Committee today on a unanimous voice vote.  The version which moved is identical to the bill that passed out of the House Higher Education Committee several weeks ago minus three provisions related to new financial aid programs which have already passed… Read More


WA Learns Higher Ed Bills: The Saga Continues

At the beginning of the 2007 legislative session, the Governor’s office introduced her Washington Learns bill for higher education in both the Senate and the House.  SB 5806 and HB 1882 were intended to be the vehicles for establishing both a state tuition policy for resident undergraduates and a policy of benchmarking per student funding… Read More