March 27, 2007

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


March 26, 2007

House Passes Operating and Capital Budgets

The House of Representatives enacted their versions of both the 2007-09 operating and capital budgets during their Monday morning floor session.  The biennial capital budget passed by a vote of 93-4 and there were no amendments to the bill that affected funding for the University. The operating budget was a more partisan affair, passing by… Read More


House Transporation Budget Adds Help for Bothell Offramp

This morning, the House of Represenatives passed the 2007-09 biennial transportation budget.  A floor amendment to the budget offered by Rep. Judy Clibborn (D-Mercer Island) will provide some financial assurance for the UW Bothell SR 522 interchange project.  Ranking minority member Rep. Fred Jarrett (R-Mercer Island) also spoke in favor of the amendment which passed unanimously…. Read More


House Floor Action on Budgets Anticipated This Morning

Action on all three major budgets (operating, capital and transporation) is expected when the House of Representatives convenes this morning at 10:00 a.m.  Members are expected to go to caucus to discuss proposed amendments to the biennial spending plans and then return to the chamber to enact each budget.  Because the House has delayed action… Read More


March 22, 2007

Operating Budget Passes House Committee — Changes Made to UW Budget

At about 1:00 a.m. this morning, weary members of the House Appropriations Committee passed SHB 1128 — the House Democrats version of the 2007-09 biennial operating budget.  Numerous amendments were considered, debated and passed in the more than nine hours that elapsed from the time committee members convened at 3:30 p.m. the prior afternoon. There were… Read More


House Capital Budget Clears Committee

The House Capital Budget Committee this morning gave unanimous approval to their version of the 2007-09 biennial capital budget.  On a voice vote, both Democrat and Republican members praised the $4.2 billion total funds spending plan which includes $145 million in state funds for University capital projects.  No substantive amendments were made to the bill, meaning the… Read More


March 21, 2007

House Appropriations Committee to Work Late

As of 7:00 p.m. tonight, House Appropriations Committee members are still behind closed door caucus meetings trying to decide which amendments to offer on the House Democrat’s operating budget proposal which was released yesterday.  Even after that decision is made, committee members must caucus again to insure they know how members will vote on each amendment. This… Read More


March 20, 2007

House Democrats Unveil Budget — Strong Proposal for UW

Almost three months to the day Governor Gregoire released her budget recommendations for the 2007-09 biennium, House Democrats in Olympia unveiled their operating budget blueprint for the next two years.  As was the case with the Governor’s proposal, the House budget places a high priority on funding for higher education and overall, represents a very strong… Read More


March 19, 2007

House Capital Budget Strong for UW

The 2007-09 capital budget spending plan released by the House of Representatives today in Olympia generally follows Governor Gregoire’s proposed capital budget recommendations for the University of Washington.  With this level of state capital funding, the House budget dramatically reverses a multi-year trend of reduced state support for the University’s building program. The proposed capital spending plan crafted… Read More


March 15, 2007

Revenue Forecast Up $126.5 Million

Members of the Economic Revenue Forecast Council met in Olympia this morning and adopted a new forecast of general fund revenue projections that will give budget writers an additional $126.5 million to write the 2007-09 biennial operating budget.  Dr. Chang Mook Sohn, the state’s chief revenue forecaster, said that revenue is up due to the… Read More