State Relations

December 16, 2019

The UW’s 2020 Legislative Agenda

The UW and UW Medicine are thankful for the historic investments the legislature made in 2019 through the biennial operating and capital budgets and the Workforce Education Investment Act. The 2019 legislative session was monumental for higher education and our students.

The Washington State 2020 legislative session begins Jan. 13 and is a 60 day (short) session focused on the supplemental budget, which applies fixes to the biennial budgets passed last session. Mindful of the short session and continuing budget challenges facing Washington State, the UW’s supplemental budget request is limited to items considered the most practical and essential.

These priorities include:

  • $3.8M in maintenance and operation (M&O) funding for the Hans Rosling Center for Population Health;
  • Reappropriation of conditional wage increases for represented employees at the UW;
  • $725K for increased caseload at the UW Division of the State Attorney General’s Office;
  • Reauthorization of funding for the Joint Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation (JCATI), and;
  • $1M in pre-design funding for phase 2 of the Magnuson Health Science Center replacement/renovation.

To view the UW’s 2020 legislative agenda in its entirety, click here. These priorities have been determined through an extensive process led by the Office of the President and Office of the Provost.