State Relations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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