State Relations

November 22, 2021

State revenue sees growth prior to legislative session

Washington state’s 2021-23 budget collections are projected to increase by nearly $898 million according to the Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council’s November quarterly report. The state’s Near General Fund revenues are now projected at $60.2 billion for the 2021-23 budget cycle, which began July 1. Washington’s budget is benefitting from strong growth in…


November 19, 2021

UW’s 2022 budget priorities shared during Committee Assembly Days

State legislators virtually convened this week for Committee Assembly Days to hold work sessions and plan for the 2022 legislative session beginning Jan. 10. Throughout the week, UW faculty and staff participated in a variety of hearings to share their expertise on topics including admissions, cannabis research, and the COVID-19 pandemic. State revenue updates were…


November 17, 2021

Washington state’s redistricting process

Every ten years, the U.S. Census Bureau counts the entire U.S. population to understand how the nation’s populace and economy have changed and shifted. The data collected helps determine how the federal government distributes funds to states and local communities. It also determines the number of seats allocated to each state in the U.S. House…


November 12, 2021

Senate Republican Leader meets with UW leadership and takes STEM tour

Senate Republican Leader John Braun visited the UW Seattle campus yesterday to meet with President Ana Mari Cauce, learn more about the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, and receive an update on UW Medicine and the new Behavioral Health Teaching Facility. Braun and Cauce discussed the impacts of COVID-19 on the UW…


November 2, 2021

A guide to rulemaking: WA Dept. of Ecology developing rules on climate and energy laws

In 2021, the state legislature passed several environmental policies that create new markets and regulations affecting public organizations, private companies, industries, and residents across Washington state. In anticipation of these laws going into effect, the Department of Ecology and other state agencies are conducting rulemaking processes to determine how the laws will be implemented. Rulemaking…


October 20, 2021

UW Tacoma welcomes new Chancellor and celebrates Milgard Hall construction

Yesterday, UW Tacoma welcomed incoming Chancellor Dr. Sheila Edwards Lange and celebrated the start of construction on Milgard Hall. Dr. Edwards Lange began her appointment as UW Tacoma’s chancellor on Sept. 16 and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in higher education. Edwards Lange previously served as president of Seattle Central College where she…


October 15, 2021

Groundbreaking ceremony for new, historic Behavioral Health Teaching Facility

Today, a celebration was held for the groundbreaking of the new Behavioral Health Teaching Facility located at UW Medical Center–Northwest. The state legislature funded the construction of this historic project during the 2021 legislative session as part of their commitment to expand vital behavioral health services in the state. Washington continues to face a behavioral…


October 11, 2021

First 2021-23 economic and revenue forecast shows strong budget collections

The Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council projects 2021-23 state budget collections will increase by more than $927 in their newly published September quarterly report. The report is the first since the end of the 2019-21 biennium. The state’s General Fund revenue is now projected at $59.3 billion for the current two-year budget cycle, which began…


September 22, 2021

Sen. Salomon visits College of the Environment

Senator Jesse Salomon, Vice Chair of the Senate Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks Committee, visited UW Seattle this week to meet with College of the Environment faculty and staff to learn more about their environmental research and programs to help inform his legislative work. The UW College of the Environment connects educators, researchers, students,…


August 19, 2021

Governor requires COVID-19 vaccines for higher education employees

Governor Jay Inslee announced yesterday that all employees at higher education institutions, including the University of Washington, must be fully vaccinated from COVID-19 by Oct. 18 as a condition of employment. There will be limited exemptions for individuals with documented medical conditions or sincerely held religious beliefs. Test out options or philosophical exemptions are no longer…


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