State Relations

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…


August 18, 2021

Chehalis legislators cheer on UW STEM camp students during engineering competition

Yesterday, Senate Minority Leader John Braun and Representative Peter Abbarno stopped by W.F. West High School in Chehalis to visit the annual summer STEM camp hosted by the UW and Chehalis Foundation. During the three-day camp, faculty and students from the UW College of Engineering and UW Medicine provided local high schoolers with the opportunity…


August 16, 2021

Rep. Berry meets with clean energy innovators

Representative Liz Berry recently visited the Clean Energy Institute (CEI) and Washington Clean Energy Testbeds at the UW to learn more about clean energy research and development taking place in Washington state. CEI was founded in 2013 with support from the state with the mission to accelerate the adoption of a scalable clean energy future to…


July 29, 2021

UW Bothell-Cascadia College break ground on joint STEM building

Today, the University of Washington and Cascadia College community celebrated the groundbreaking of their new shared STEM academic building. UW Bothell and Cascadia have the unique distinction of being jointly located on one campus and partnered to make this new facility a reality. Each institution will occupy half the building with shared space designed for…


July 22, 2021

Spokane legislative visit includes tour of UW-Gonzaga medical education building

Representative Marcus Riccelli joined External Affairs staff members last week for a construction site tour of the future Regional Health Partnership building in Spokane. The UW School of Medicine and Gonzaga University entered into a public-private partnership with McKinstry, who is developing and will manage the building. The four-story, 90,000-square-foot building is scheduled to open…


July 13, 2021

Capital Budget Chair visits Parrington Hall after renovation

Today, Senator David Frockt, representing the 46th legislative district in North Seattle, toured the UW Evans School of Public Policy & Governance’s newly renovated Parrington Hall. Built in 1902, Parrington was one of the first buildings on today’s Seattle campus. After serving students for over 100 years, campus leaders began efforts to update the Hall’s learning…


July 1, 2021

Most COVID-19 restrictions lifted statewide with new guidance issued for higher education

In May, Governor Jay Inslee announced most remaining COVID-19 restrictions would lift by June 30 or earlier if more than 70 percent of Washingtonians over the age of 16 initiated vaccination. While the state has yet to reach 70 percent according to the Washington State Department of Health (DOH), the majority of Washington state’s COVID-19…


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