Monthly Archives: January 2011

Coming Up in Week Four of the 2011 Legislative Session

This week the state legislature will consider bills that change higher education governance, lift restrictions on higher education hiring and travel, and allow academic credit for prior learning. Those are just a few of the subjects that will draw attention … Continue reading

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“Construction” budget calls for creativity, patience, and determination

The central purpose of this blog is to demystify the way the state pays for things and sets priorities. One of the most complicated parts of this process is the state capital budget, the budget that pays for the design … Continue reading

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Governor unveils higher ed funding plan

Tomorrow (Weds.) President Gaudino will join the other baccalaureate presidents in a briefing by Gov. Gregoire on her higher education funding bill. This is the legislation that is the result of six months of work of a task force she … Continue reading

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House trims current fiscal year budget

Yesterday the state House approved the supplemental budget for fiscal year 2011, which ends June 30. The legislature hacked about $540 million out of this budget last December; Monday the House sent the Senate a plan to cut another $345 … Continue reading

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Return of the Everett Branch Campus Debate: the WSU Proposal For Everett

Since the early ’90s communities around the state have been vying for the privilege of having a university branch campus in their own back yard. The limited number of these gems went to Bothell, Vancouver, Tri-Cities, and Spokane–but the debate … Continue reading

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Who’s on First? Legislature debates higher ed governance

Who’s in charge of education in Washington state? That’s not as simple a question as you might think. The legislature is giving this question a close look this year. Normally the subject of “governance” is so sticky that policymakers avoid … Continue reading

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Puget Sound leader: CWU one of Washington’s most valuable assets

A Puget Sound business leader yesterday told the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce the “CWU is one of the most valuable assets Washington state has.” Bob Drewel, the executive director of the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC), keynoted the annual … Continue reading

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