State Relations

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

January 29, 2007

Legislation Flying Fast and Furious

Week four is here and the number of bills affecting higher education has shifted into a faster gear. A lot of my office’s energy during the next several weeks will be employed analyzing and testifying on various pieces of legislation, and working to perfect some “problem” bills through the amendment process. To help you keep

January 25, 2007

UW Highly Visible in Olympia

This has been a busy week for higher education in Olympia and one where the UW has been a highly visible presence in the state capitol. President Mark Emmert has been in town twice; once on Tuesday for meetings with the Governor, key legislative leaders and other higher education presidents, and again this afternoon before

UW Lobbyist Takes Second in Trivia Contest

Many of you may think that a UW lobbyist gets by on just a pretty face and a clever wit – but you would be wrong.  It also helps to have some working knowledge of the political process. While the last time I sat in a UW political science class the number one show on television was The

January 22, 2007

Week 3 Preview

Hearings on a variety of higher education bills and work sessions on higher education before Senate and House fiscal committees headline a busy third week of session for the UW. Today, both the Senate and House Higher Education committees will hold public hearings on legislation covering such topics as tuition waivers for the children and

January 19, 2007

Viaduct and Sonics Debates Provide Lively Distractions

A lot of what happens in Olympia during the first few weeks of session isn’t really all that glamorous.  Lots of meetings, committee hearings and endless walking between buildings in the rain (and snow) often leads to a familiar monotony.  You nod to legislators, staff and other lobbyists as you rush from one place to

January 17, 2007

North Snohomish Higher Education Debate Takes Center Stage

Yesterday, Senator Jean Berkey (D-Everett) introduced a bill (SB 5322) which would require the Office of Financial Management (OFM) to help with the initial development of an independent, four-year higher education institution in the Snohomish-Island-Skagit county region with a polytechnic orientation.  The bill is co-sponsored by Senators Shin, Haugen, Schoesler, Hobbs, Kilmer and Marr. Reaction to the

January 15, 2007

Week Two Preview

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a holiday for some but a regular workday for the 60th legislature and the beginning of week two of the 2007 legislative session. At 1:30 p.m. today in the Senate Higher Education Committee, UW President Mark Emmert is scheduled to appear to discuss the findings of our “Meeting

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