State Relations

March 7, 2014

Editorial: Save the Life Sciences Discovery Fund

In today’s The Olympian newspaper, Lee Huntsman, president emeritus of the University of Washington, and Lee Hartwell, president emeritus of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, published an opinion editorial urging the Governor and state lawmakers to preserve funding for the Life Sciences Discovery Fund in the supplemental budget. Read the editorial.

February 27, 2014

House and Senate release supplemental budget proposals

This week, leaders of the Senate and House fiscal committees released their supplemental operating and capital budgets. The budgets propose technical corrections and appropriation changes to the current 2013-15 biennial budgets. Read UW’s Office of Planning & Budgeting brief (PDF) comparing the Governor, House, and Senate budgets. In terms of process, the Senate budget was passed out of…

February 18, 2014

President Young’s statement on the passage of the Real Hope Act

“Today’s action by the State Legislature was a vote of confidence in students and their importance to the future of our state,” said UW President Michael K. Young. “It sends a strong message that an education should be available to absolutely everyone. For years, our state has invested in these students’ success in our K-12…

February 13, 2014

Higher Ed efficiency legislation moving in House and Senate

Two legislative proposals to help higher education institutions operate more efficiently cleared hurdles this week. Each year a work group from higher ed institutions, made up of administrators and staff, meets to study and review efficiency efforts, and then recommends a range of efficiency measures to the state legislature that require changes to state law….

February 6, 2014

This Week in Olympia: Policy cutoff, President, Regents, and Students visit

This week is policy cutoff in the House (Wednesday) and Senate (Friday). That means that if a policy bill hasn’t had a public hearing and been voted out of committee, it’s not likely going further in the process this legislative session. Another cutoff date will occur next week, when the same process will unfold on…

February 3, 2014

UW presents to Senate Higher Education Committee on student financial aid

On Thursday (Jan. 30), UW Director of Student Financial Aid Kay Lewis presented during a work session of the Senate Higher Education Committee. UW provided an overview of cost of attendance, tuition and fees, sources and types of student financial aid, along with several UW-specific pride points and challenges. View the UW PowerPoint: Watch the…

January 31, 2014

REAL Hope Act introduced in State Senate, floor vote expected today

Yesterday (Jan. 30) at an afternoon press conference, Senate Higher Education Chair Barbara Bailey (R-Whidbey Island) announced the introduction of Senate Bill 6523, referred to as the REAL Hope Act. The proposal, which mirrors the so-called “DREAM Act” would allow students who were illegally brought to the United States as children to be eligible for state financial…

January 29, 2014

This week in Olympia: Bills begin moving, Regents & Trustees meet with lawmakers

Today is day 17 of the 60-day 2014 Regular Session. This week, Regents and Trustees from the state’s six public four-year universities and college, and the state’s two-year community and technical colleges, descended on Olympia for a full-day of meetings with state lawmakers and Gov. Jay Inslee. Topics included the need to return to pre-recession levels…

January 24, 2014

This week in Olympia: Committee work sessions, President Young meets with lawmakers

House Democrats celebrating the life of #MLK. #waleg #IHaveADream — Marcus Riccelli (@marcusriccelli) January 20, 2014 Sen. Joe Fain welcomes Kent student leaders to the Capitol; remembers Dr. King. #waleg #MLK #WASenate — Majority CoalitionWA (@WashingtonMCC) January 22, 2013 Today (Jan. 24) is Day 12 of the 60-day 2014 Regular Session. The week…

January 16, 2014

UW presents to Senate Higher Education committee on student veteran success

Today (Jan. 16), Director of the UW Veterans Center Tim Wold presented to the Senate Higher Education committee on a panel titled, “Veterans: Transition to the workforce.” Wold’s presentation shared quick facts about UW’s growing student veteran enrollment (currently 1,344, an 108% increase since 2008-2009), explained the UW Veterans Center’s objectives, highlighted best practices, shared…

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