State Relations

2021 Interim

December 17, 2021

Governor releases 2022 supplemental budget proposal with UW investments

The 2022 legislative session begins Jan. 10 and will focus on the supplemental budget, which will modify the biennial budget passed last session. Gov. Jay Inslee unveiled his 2022 operating and capital budget proposals today, as a first step in the state budget process. The Governor’s proposed operating budget emphasizes climate action and poverty reduction….

December 8, 2021

House College & Workforce Dev. Chair meets with UW students and President Cauce

Yesterday, the House College & Workforce Development Chair Vandana Slatter visited the UW Seattle campus to hear from students, faculty, and leadership and to learn more about the UW’s 2022 legislative requests. First, she participated in a roundtable with students in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering (CSE) to learn more…

December 6, 2021

WA Supreme Court approves new state political boundaries

The Washington Supreme Court approved the congressional and legislative district maps created by the state’s bipartisan redistricting commission, declining to exercise its authority to draw new political boundaries. Using the 2020 census data, the Washington State Redistricting Commission was charged with drawing and approving the state’s district maps by midnight Nov. 15. The commission published…

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 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…

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