State Relations

February 23, 2007

Higher Ed Day A Grand Success

Last Tuesday, February 20, alumni from all six of Washington’s baccalaureate institutions along with their Presidents and governing boards met in Olympia for the 2007 Higher Education Day and the timing could not have been better. The planning for this year’s event was very strategic and focused on bringing a united voice of support for

February 16, 2007

Taking Stock After a Long Week

As you can tell from the dearth of blog postings, this has been the most intense week of session yet.  Between individual appointments with legislators to lobby our operating and capital budget proposals and a head spinning number of committee hearings on bills that both please and concern the University, I have hardly had much

Senate Fiscal Staff Develops Strong Higher Ed Presentation

At a meeting of the Senate Ways and Means Committee on January 25, committee staff person Tim Yowell gave a presentation on higher education budget issues that has been getting rave reviews from legislators, staff and the broader higher education community. Here’s a link to Tim’s presentation from the committee webpage.  Even for the casual

UW Students Descend on Olympia

Yesterday was UW student lobby day in Olympia and more than 100 students dressed in colorful purple shirts were a visible presence in the state capitol for much of the day.  As I waited to testify on one of the Governor’s primary Washington Learns bills in the Senate Higher Education Committee, the room slowly filled

February 14, 2007

Light Blogging Ahead

The crunch of committee hearings has arrived and given the volume of legislation our office is managing presently, posting blog entries will have to take a back seat to more pressing issues for the next few days. Thanks for understanding and we’ll try to get back to you by the end of the week.

February 11, 2007

Parttime Community College Faculty Issue Affecting UW

Today’s Seattle Times has an interesting story written by Nick Perry that chronicles the difficulties of some parttime community college faculty to establish successful careers due to their inability to gain full-time status.  This has been a perennial issue in Olympia and one with no easy solution as the story indicates. Two bills which attempt

February 8, 2007

Debt Authority Bills Clear Initial Hurdle

Both the House and Senate versions of the University’s legislation to expand local borrowing authority passed their respective fiscal committees this week and are headed to the full chambers of the House and Senate for eventual floor action. HB 1398 (Fromhold) easily cleared the House Capital Budget Committee on Tuesday by a vote of 21-1.  Rep. Jamie Pederson

February 6, 2007

House Committee Scuttles Campus Briefing

Nothing like a real “grab you” headline, right?  As you have surmised, my planned campus legislative briefing for 10:30 a.m. this morning was sidetracked by the House State Government and Tribal Affairs Committee which decided yesterday to schedule executive action on HB 1506 at their 10:00 a.m. meeting this morning.  This measure reauthorizes the University’s ability to use what

February 5, 2007

Week 4 Preview

The “dog days” of session are upon everyone in Olympia as Senate and House committee meetings are in full swing with dozens of bills scheduled for public hearings each day. A bill to limit tuition increases to inflation (SB 5013) will be heard this afternoon in the Senate Higher Education Committee.  Expanded waiver authority for Central Washington University

February 1, 2007

UW Debt Authority Bill Fares Well in Hearings

The University’s request legislation to expand our local borrowing authority (HB 1398 and SB 5394) received public hearings this week in the House Capital Budget Committee and the Senate Ways and Means Committee respectively. State Treasurer Mike Murphy appeared in person at both hearings to support the proposed legislation, praising the University’s debt management capabilities and

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