State Relations

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…

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…

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…

March 9, 2007

Budget Watch Begins

With House and Senate members virtually locked in their respective chambers passing measures with the urgency of a Wednesday March 14 5:00 p.m. deadline looming in their future, much higher education sideline speculation is focused on operating and capital budget proposals which are due to be unveiled within the next couple of weeks. While transportation officials are understandably…

March 8, 2007

UW Debt Authority Bill Passes Senate

SB 5384, the Senate version of the UW’s request legislation to expand our ability to issue long term debt locally easily cleared the State Senate yesterday 46-0.  There was no debate or opposition to the measure which now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration following floor cut-off next week.  The House version of…

March 7, 2007

Recap of Committee Cut-off

Monday was the deadline for Senate and House fiscal committees to move bills from their chamber of origin which are not deemed “necessary to implement the budget.”  This means that many of the bills we have been tracking as a University are now considered “dead” for the 2007 legislative session. To see which bills have survived…

March 6, 2007

Amendment to ISM Bill Could Tap Life Sciences Fund

Yesterday during the cut-off hearing in the Senate Ways and Means Committee, Senator Joe Zarelli (R-Ridgefield) successfully hung an amendment on a measure which would make a new life sciences research entity in Spokane area potentially eligible for Life Sciences Discovery Fund monies. SSB 5616 would create a health sciences and services authority in Spokane with the intention of using the Institute…

March 1, 2007

Light Blogging Ahead

I’m heading out of town for a couple of days to visit some old friends in California so blogging will be sparse until next week.  Have a great weekend.

February 28, 2007

Washington Learns Bills Survive Cutoff — Session Halfway Point Arrives

Today is the 52nd day of the legislative session, the official halfway point for 2007 and the first real cut-off deadline for standing committee action.  After today, Senate and House policy committees cannot take action on measures from their chamber of origin.  This is “parliamentary speak” for “if it isn’t out of a policy committee by today, it’s dead…

February 27, 2007

Subcommittee Budget Clears Panel

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Education met tonight to act on their proposed 2007-09 operating budget recommendations for early learning, K-12 and higher education. As expected, the budget recommendations cleared the committee on a party line vote.  The recommendations will now be formally considered by the full committee as they finalize their budget recommendations over the next several…

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