State Relations

March 9, 2018

Legislature Adjourns the 60-Day Session

Late Thursday evening, the legislature passed the 2017-19 supplemental operating and capital budgets to Governor Inslee, marking the end of the 60-day legislative session. Though this session was short and intensely rigorous, the UW scored major victories in the final compromise budget. To read more details about the investments appropriated to the University, review the Final Compromise – 2018 Supplemental Operating and Capital Budgets brief prepared by our Office of Planning and Budgeting (OPB).

Highlighted investments in the supplemental operating budget include:

Adjustment to the UW’s Tuition Fund Split

UW Request:          $9.5 million

Final Budgeted:    $9 million

Maintenance and Operations for the Bill & Melinda Gates Center for Computer Science & Engineering (formerly CSE II)

UW Request:         $1.3 million

Final Budgeted:    $1 million

Additional Higher Education & UW Investments

Proposed funding to complete a doubling of enrollment at the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering:

Final Budgeted:  $3 million

Proposed funding for the State Need Grant to help low-income students who are eligible to receive funding, but remain unserved:

$18.5 million is provided to serve approximately 4,600 additional students. The legislature intends to eliminate the waiting list over four years, serving all eligible students beginning in FY 2022.


Highlighted investments in the supplemental capital budget include:

College of Engineering Predesign

UW Request:         $600,000

Final Budgeted:    $600,000

Burke Museum Escalation & Financing Costs

UW Request:         $700,000

Final Budgeted:    $700,000


Now that the 2018 legislative session has concluded, the State Relations team will be moving our operations back to the Seattle campus. We look forward to hosting a post-session update on Tuesday, March 27 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm in Gerberding 142 in partnership with OPB. If you are available, we would love for you to join us to engage in further discussion about the final supplemental budgets and to answer any other legislative questions you may have!

Last, but certainly not least, the Office of State Relations would like to express our appreciation to everyone in the UW community, including our legislative representatives across all three campuses and our amazing alumni,  who helped make the 2018 legislative session a success. Thank you for your advocacy and support!

2018 Session Collage

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