Senate Democrats, the acting minority party, held a news conference today to lay out their higher education agenda designed to “hold the line on tuition.” Democrats said they wanted to shoot for a 50-50 state-student share of costs.
Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle is proposing two measures:
- Senate Bill 5420 which enacts a two-year freeze on tuition IF the state provides no less than $225 million for the six public baccalaureates.
- Senate Bill 5421 which finds that there is increasing demand for postsecondary and Declares that the policy of the state is to: (1) Improve the access to and the quality of this state’s postsecondary educational system; and (2) Provide a level of fiscal commitment to the postsecondary educational system commensurate with the responsibility of the state to the educational and professional improvement of its citizens and work force.
Sen. David Frockt, D-Seattle has proposed Senate Bill 5390, which would provide incentive funding to institutions that demonstrate improvement on existing performance measures. The proposal also requires the state budget office, OFM, to convene a “technical incentive funding model task force” to design an incentive funding model to support the incentive program.
The next step in the legislative process is to get the Republican committee chair to give the bills a hearing and perhaps even to vote on them.