Monthly Archives: February 2011

Legislature moves governor’s funding bills forward

Higher education funding plans that emerged from the governor’s business task force early this year are still moving forward in the state legislature. House Ways & Means approved HB 1666 on Thursday. SB 5717 is waiting for action in Senate … Continue reading

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Universities asked to describe disastrous cut scenarios

Dr. Peter Venkman: We’re headed for a disaster of biblical proportions. Dr Ray Stantz: What he means is Old Testament, Mr. Mayor, real wrath of God-type stuff. Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling! Dr. Egon Spengler: … Continue reading

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Dead bill day, student rally mark Presidents Day in Olympia

Students from Washington’s baccalaureates converged on the capitol campus today to rally support for public higher education and forestall additional legislative raids on tuition.  More than 20 CWU students  visited offices of lawmakers from King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties distributing … Continue reading

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CWU students backfill state operating budget

The House, Senate, and governor have agreed upon the latest fix for the budget problems of this fiscal year. On Friday the governor signed a supplemental budget that shifts $125 million from local accounts into the state general fund and … Continue reading

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State uses tuition to cover $25 M Need Grant cut

The state House and Senate tonight announced budget negotiators have reached agreement on a plan to address a budget shortfall for the current fiscal year. As expected, only one program, K-4 class size, takes a takes a deeper cut than … Continue reading

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Legislative Math Creates Budget Obstacles

One of the obstacles confronting logical higher education funding policy is legislative math.  I’m not talking about the tendency for lawmakers to talk in terms of two-year cuts and one-year tuition increases. I mean confusing net budget cuts for actual … Continue reading

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This Week in Oly: Budget Talks, Science II, and More Tuition Bills

House and Senate budget writers have been huddled since last week trying to iron out differences between plans for addressing the budget gap the state faces between now and June 30. They’re hoping to get to a final “early action” … Continue reading

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