2018 Candidate Survey

UW Impact conducts a non-partisan candidate survey prior to every Washington State legislative election in order to provide alums and UWAA members with information on the candidates who champion the value of public higher education.

Please see below for your candidates’ answers to UW Impact’s 2018 higher education questionnaire. You may search by candidate name, legislative district and sort information within each column by clicking the arrows to the left of the column header. Answers followed by a green plus sign have expanded content. Click the yes or no answer to see the candidate’s full commentary.

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Legislative District:

Will you work with your colleagues to support continued reinvestment in higher education?…

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Revenue forecasts are positive and the Legislature has worked to fulfill the obligations of the McCleary decision. Will you work with your colleagues to support continued reinvestment in higher education, to recover from deep cuts in this sector during the Great Recession 10 years ago?

Are you committed to fully invest in the State Need Grant over the next 4 years?…

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Are you committed to working with the Legislature to fully invest in the State Need Grant over the next 4 years, as lawmakers pledged last session?

Will you work with your colleagues to ensure UW continues to have an equitable fund split?…

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Over the past several years, the state has covered only 34% of new state-related compensation increases for UW, while covering 50% at other institutions. Last session, lawmakers brought UW up to par with its public university peers. Will you work with your colleagues to ensure UW continues to have an equitable fund split? (Read more about the fund split issue in the 2018 UW legislative agenda.)

Will you work to provide state support for high-demand degree programs (STEM, healthcare, etc.) for Washington students?

Reuven Carlyle* Senate 36 Yes

I remain deeply committed to improving access, affordability and quality.
Yes Yes

I'm pleased to have led the charge to remedy this situation as lead sponsor.

We must continue to build the strength while also improving liberal arts opportunities.
Mona Das Senate 47 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Connie FitzPatrick House, Pos. 1 26 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cindy Ryu* House, Pos. 1 32 Yes

I am a beneficiary of public University education along with my husband and each of our three children. I want all who qualify and wish one, to be able to access it, also.
Yes Yes Yes

My children and I majored in STEM at UW. We know how important it is for local employers to have adequate #s of slots available for our students to complete their degrees in a timely manner instead of going into further debt to finance their fifth years.
Ann Diamond House, Pos. 1 12 Yes Yes

The SNG helps over 60,000 income-eligible students afford college tuition each year.
Yes Yes

If there is high demand, private support should also be encouraged.
David Daggett House, Pos. 2 35 Yes

Also for K-12 education since some school districts will see extreme budget cuts to operations and maintenance because of the McCleary decision.

This is an important funding mechanism for students in need.

As a former UW grad student, and former Lecturer at Cal. state U., I understand the importance of education and support higher learning.

I've worked as an engineer most of my career, and was a mentor to student STEM interns, so I'd like to see more support.
Liz Hallock House, Pos. 2 14 Yes Yes Yes Yes

Especially in Yakima where we experience a lack of trained employees.
Patty Kuderer* Senate 48 Yes

While we have fulfilled our McCleary obligation to this point, we still have more to do to fully fund K-12 basic education. That being said, I got into politics because I believe strongly in a robust educational system, which includes early learning through higher education. I am currently looking at how to fund higher education to make the 13th year free. I believe education is one of the best investments we can make in our citizens, and I will continue to focus my efforts there.
Yes Yes Yes

Yes, as I said I am looking at ways to make the 13th year free for Washington residents.
James Thomas House, Pos. 1 35 Yes

We no longer live in the 1950s. To remain competitive we need to fund education through certificate or bachelor's degree. Educational funding is one of the three pillars of my campaign. Our future depends on it.
Yes Yes

UW is the premier university in Washington and a critical research center as well.

But we shouldn't limit this to "high demand" programs. Education has value beyond the purely commercial and I intend to work to provide state support for lower "demand" programs as well.
Eric Pettigrew* House, Pos. 2 37 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Jeff Holy Senate 6 Yes

I've been the ranking minority on the House Higher Education committee for the past two years. 40 years ago WA state colleges were about 80% state subsidized. today they are about 20% subsidized. There is a reason that the current expected total cost of one year at UW/WSU sits right around $28,200. We need to address re-prioritizing higher ed in WA to where we re-index state support at about the 50% level. WA is the only state EVER to have reduced tuition at state schools, but that 5% reduction over the past 4 years isn't making enough of a dent to address affordability issues...

That's what this last budget proposed - progressive funding of the additional budget necessary to fund the SNG. I was part of the proposal. Look at a few of my floor speeches on this topic.
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It depends. I'm not going to commit to any budget item before understanding the impact to the system as a whole. McCleary impact to the total operating budget that aggravated this issue should make clear the consequences of dedicating funds before entering a budget writing process.

You seriously need to review some of my votes or floor speeches. This is a driving topic for me. And BTW, seems that EWU regularly graduates a higher % of STEM graduates as a % of total graduating class, than any other college in the state...
Mike Sells* House, Pos. 2 38 Yes

That is higher education in the broadest sense, not just 4 year degree producing programs. It would include our CC’s, and credentialed apprenticeships.
Yes Yes Yes
Strom Peterson* House, Pos. 1 21 Yes Yes Yes Yes
John Thompson House, Pos. 1 20 Yes

Education and Higher Education needs the Legislature full effort to increased funding for a positive future.

I believe that the SNG are essential for so many of our students with incomes below $56k, that is a program that I can support.

I believe that there should be a fair and equitable fund split among the Universities.

Yes, I believe in STEM for all Washington students.
Steve Kirby* House, Pos. 2 29 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Eric Halvorson House, Pos. 2 39 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mike Bell House, Pos. 2 7 Yes

The funding for the McCleary decision brought the education funding up to the absolute bare minimum funding required by the State Constitution. We need to do more to ensure a high quality education for K-12, higher education and skilled professional apprenticeship programs.

The State Need Grant program should be vigorously pursued by the legislature.

Too many state educational institutions are underfunded by not keeping up with inflation and other factors. We cannot allow funding to fall behind again in the future.

We need to enlarge all programs that are having difficulty meeting the demand for our educated workforce. Not recognizing that is very short-term short-sited capitalism that must be replaced with a long-term capitalism that properly matches supply with the demand for an educated workforce.
Ted Cooke House, Pos. 2 47 No

I favor competition and more private funding and parental control in colleges. The cost of college education is up over 200% in just the last three decades, even adjusted for inflation. A major factor in this increase is ballooning faculty bureaucracy (Forbes "Bureaucrats and Buildings" September 7th, 2017). These bureaucrats are largely being paid by student loans, which have increased as the cost of college has increased. I believe the answer is not more state funding, the answer is competition in the education market, austerity on the part of college faculties and a return to classical education with an emphasis on literature, humanities, math and science.

I believe the State Need Grant is currently too large in scope. It represents over 85% of the Washington State combined financial aid programs. SNG alone clocks in at over half a percent of a 44 billion dollar state budget and applies to almost as many students as the total student populations of the UW and WSU combined. The average household income of a recipient is almost $30,000, and is $3,000 above poverty level. Average student benefit for SNG is over $4,000. I think if we had more competition in higher education, and colleges primarily paid professors rather than supporting large bureaucracies among the faculty, that some of the pressure for state aid could be alleviated. I also think it's still possible to primarily work one's way through college and rely mostly on night courses and community college for the first couple years of secondary education.

State fund split for the UW should be in line with that of other public institutions in the state, and I would favor all institutions involved relying more on student tuition than on state funding.

We already provide overall support to the colleges and programs to help with tuition for disadvantaged students. I believe college should be primarily funded by students, and institutions should be free to allocate their dollars as they see fit and then either succeed or fail in competition with other colleges.
Gina Mosbrucker* House, Pos. 2 14 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Chris Gildon House, Pos. 2 25 Yes

I absolutely support higher education and have personally invested in earning a BA in Political Science, a Master of Public Administration, and a Master of Strategic Security Studies. Having said that, I will support appropriate and necessary funding levels for higher education in Washington. I will also expect and demand those tax dollars be put to maximum effective use.
Yes Yes Yes
Paul Graves* House, Pos. 2 5 Yes

Success in the workplace for the foreseeable future will require something beyond high school--a four-year degree, a certificate, or a proof of competency. We should make sure that ample resources are available for every student graduating high school to pursue success beyond the K-12 system.

I was proud to work with my colleagues on the appropriations committee to prioritize the state need grant, I understand how important it is, and I will keep working to make sure it's funded.
Yes Yes

We should make clear to students, as early as middle school, which areas of work are in high demand, and then provide them ample pathways to support training in those areas.
Pat Sullivan* House, Pos. 2 47 Yes

While revenue forecasts have been up, there have been a number of unanticipated costs and savings projections that haven't come in as anticipated. And while we have met the Supreme Court's requirements on McCleary, there continue to be investments in K-12 that must be made. That being said, I strongly support significant investments in our higher education system in the next biennium.

I hope and will work towards eliminating the State Need Grant waiting list in the next biennium and not taking the 4 years to get that accomplished. This is one of my top priorities.

We need to be equitable in how we distribute funds to our higher education institutions.

Yes. STEM, computer science, health care and other high demand programs need to be a high priority. Our economy depends on a workforce that industries can count on.
Debra Blodgett House, Pos. 2 1 Yes Yes Yes Yes

We need ensure our students are job ready and able to secure good employment from our local companies.
Kristine Reeves* House, Pos. 2 30 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Jack McEntire House, Pos. 1 15 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Irene R Bowling Senate 35 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Jamie Smith House, Pos. 1 25 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ted Cummings House, Pos. 1 4 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Joe Fitzgibbon* House, Pos. 2 34 Yes

The state still has significant financial pressures related to our disinvestment in mental health during the recession, so we need to continue to work to increase state revenue in order to meet needs in higher education, mental health, and other critical public services.

Yes, state need grant is a very important strategy for increasing the affordability of higher education and I support meeting the commitment made in the most recent budget to clear the backlog of state need grant applicants over the 4-year budget outlook period.

Yes, we will work to ensure that this fund split remains and that UW and the other state higher education institutions receive equitable funding for employee compensation.

Yes. These fields provide good opportunities to Washington graduates, and it is in our state's long-term economic interest to grow high-demand degree programs, and to provide loan repayment to workers like mental health workers who graduate with a significant debt load and go to work in poorly compensated fields.
Jamie Pedersen* Senate 43 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Victoria Mena House, Pos. 1 31 Yes

I believe in debt-free higher education, and will champion continued reinvestment and tuition cuts until we achieve our goal.

There are far too many students who qualify yet do not receive SNG funds. We must bridge that gap and ensure all students who qualify receive the Grant.
Yes Yes

As our economy grows and changes, students must be prepared to match the labor demands of our economy. STEM, healthcare, and other fields are in high demand and the state legislature must invest accordingly.
Jake Fey* House, Pos. 2 27 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Laurie Jinkins* House, Pos. 1 27 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Jesse Young* House, Pos. 1 26 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Donald Golden House, Pos. 2 27 Yes Yes Yes Yes

I am currently working with UW on healthcare research projects
Joe Fain* Senate 47 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Joel McEntire House, Pos. 2 19 Yes Yes Yes Yes

As an educator myself, I am highly committed to discriminating between degrees that are market needs in our state. Degrees of STEM and healthcare are highly desirable and should be prioritized with funding.
Marty McClendon Senate 26 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Jenny Graham House, Pos. 2 6 Yes

I support higher education opportunities. My own children have all benefitted from their higher education experience.
Yes Yes Yes
Karen Keiser* Senate 33 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Richard (Dick) Muri* House, Pos. 1 28 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tana Senn* House, Pos. 1 41 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Andrew Barkis* House, Pos. 1 2 Yes

I will work as able within the budget process to continue to support higher education within our state.
Yes Yes

We will have to look at the ability within the budget to continue keeping the UW on par with our other state universities.
Chris Thobaben House, Pos. 1 18 Yes Yes Yes Yes

I would stress that support be contingent upon quality of education that assess metrics of employment following education. I understand there is a dilemma for universities to decide if they are to invest in Professors for education ends or research ends. We must remain focused on the value that inspiring educators play in our next generation of inventors, physicians, and leaders of tomorrow. This cannot be lost by an institution while pursuing publication greatness.
Derek Stanford* House, Pos. 1 1 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mia Su-Ling Gregerson* House, Pos. 2 33 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Christopher Tracy House, Pos. 2 8 Yes Yes

Yes, let's get the wait list down to no waiting time!
Yes Yes
Sharon Shewmake House, Pos. 2 42 Yes Yes

As a professor at WWU, I have students that should be getting straight As but aren't because they don't have enough time to study when they are working three jobs. This is incredibly frustrating and deeply unfair to those students. Let's change this.
No Yes
Mari Leavitt House, Pos. 1 28 Yes

As a long time college official for approximately 22 years, I am acutely aware of the funding challenges that higher education overall (universities and the community and technical college system) have faced over the past 10 years
Yes Yes Yes

Our institutions need to work with industry to match the need. We also need to ensure that students have opportunities to learned the critical skills and advance in these areas.
Amy Walen House, Pos. 2 48 Yes

Yes. I am supportive of continued reinvestment in an effective higher education system. While I am pleased with what the Legislature did in 2017 in regards to changes in compensation for educators, Washington has not fulfilled its constitutional “paramount duty” to amply fund quality public education until we have done all we can to ensure every student graduates high school prepared to pursue the career or further education that they are passionate about. Additionally, the achievement gap between students of color and different abilities needs to be addressed. I believe that increased funding for public education (at all levels) can and should come from tax reform. In my view, we need to clean up our current tax code so less of the burden is placed on low and middle-income earners, and we also need to pursue additional revenue sources like a capital gains tax and a carbon tax. I would like to see more investment in mental health and addiction counselors, health centers on campus, and special education teachers at the college level. I think we need to be intentional about investing first, in underserved communities where the opportunity gap is the greatest.

Absolutely! Ensuring that college education is available to everyone is essential. I think college education should be accessible and affordable. In addition, I strongly support college loan repayment relief and college loan monthly payments no more than 10% of net income. I am appalled at the college debt that we are allowing our kids to be burdened with. Our state should lead the way in providing relief from unreasonable college debt, interest rates, and repayment rates.

Yes. I support increases so that UW continues to have an equitable fund split. Increased state investment in UW is not only equitable (in comparison to the funds received by other public universities) but it will reduce the burden on student tuition revenue.

Yes. Washington leads the way in many technology and biotechnology industries and I am supportive of having career paths for all people.
Sasha Bentley House, Pos. 1 14 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ivan Lewis House, Pos. 1 39 Yes

Higher education has become an expectation for almost any job, yet we have made it harder and harder to fund and pay for this investment. I believe in a cradle-to-career approach to education: ensuring quality childcare resources, K-12 education and free college, technical training and robust apprenticeship opportunities. Education is how we ensure the success of our children and our economic future.
Yes Yes Yes
Marko Liias* Senate 21 Yes Yes Yes Yes
John Lovick* House, Pos. 1 44 Yes

It is a failure of our society when even a single kid graduates high school and college and cannot find a job or simply does not feel like they can succeed in America. We need to strengthen our education system so that every person has access to affordable college, apprenticeships, and technical training.

It is critical that we ensure that money is never a barrier between a student and their education. I will absolutely stand behind the promise we made last session to fully fund the State Need Grant.

All teachers and staff deserve to be paid a good wage with benefits, regardless of where they teach and I will work to ensure an equitable funding split. All public universities deserve equitable funding, and it is vital we continue to invest fairly in our education system so that everyone can receive the high-quality education we are proud of in our state.

The next generation of good jobs will be in STEM sectors and we need to make sure our children and students have the tools they need to succeed in these fields and continue our state’s economic growth.
Mike Pellicciotti* House, Pos. 1 30 Yes

I helped create a UW-Tacoma/Highline University partnership that will make higher ed degrees and certificates available at the Federal Way campus, and will continue to advocate for investing in making higher education more accessible.
Yes Yes Yes

In 2018, I co-sponsored new STEM funding for local schools in my district, and will continue to support funding for high-demand programs.
Chad Magendanz House, Pos. 1 5 Yes

I'd like to build on my Earnings for Graduates work from 2014 to provide additional funding linked to the market value of their post-secondary education. (https://www.seattletimes.com/education-lab/the-degrees-that-really-pay-off-for-graduates-in-washington/)
Yes Yes

We now consider local cost of living in the Regionalization Factor that I negotiated for McCleary. We should do something similar for higher education.

This has been a big priority of mine, and I've partnered with Rep. Drew Hansen to pass many bills in this area.
Maia Espinoza House, Pos. 2 28 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rebecca Saldaña* Senate 37 Yes

I’m proud that in 2018 we were able to extend the promise of College Bound eligibility to our Dreamers. College Bound is a program that helps low-income Washington State students with college tuition. We also successfully passed SB 6514 to provide more resources for higher education, with an emphasis on our student veterans, to improve mental health services and combat student suicide. I look forward to the difference that will make in the lives of our students and veterans. Additionally, I co-sponsored SB 5666 in the last session to create the Washington Promise Program which would provide a tuition waiver for the first two years of community or technical college. While it did not become law in 2018, I will continue to advocate for it in 2019.

Fully funding the State Need Grant - so that all of our students can have the promise of an education without debt - is a key priority for me.

I will work with UW and our community and technical colleagues to make sure all our higher institutions have parity.

I will work with my colleagues to ensure that we support all Washingtonians who want to enter the STEM and healthcare fields. I do note that 41% of STEM students at UW are women - my expectation is that number would rise to parity with the percentage of male STEM students. We must ensure that our students of color, our immigrant students, and our first-generation college students are all welcome and succeed in these programs.
Marcus Riccelli* House, Pos. 1 3 Yes Yes Yes Yes

I also believe we should incentivize healthcare providers post graduation to work in rural and underserved areas through funding loan repayment for commitments of service.
Mark Hargrove* House, Pos. 1 47 Yes

We have turned the corner on correcting the poor budgeting from just before I was elected, which put too much financial burden on students. I hope to continue this trend.

I have specific plans and a bill to make this easier to do, where we can provide 8000 more State Need Grants to students and ZERO cost to the state.
Yes Yes

Too many STEM jobs are going unfilled in Washington. Filling them with home grown students is best for the individuals and best for Washington State.
Kyle Paskewitz House, Pos. 1 27 Yes

Education and supporting our teachers and students should be one of our highest priorities.

Grants and other funding sources should be made available, as well as reducing the overall cost of higher education.
Yes Yes

As a graduate with an Information Technology degree myself, I am deeply committed to STEM education and technology development.
Manka Dhingra* Senate 45 Yes

Our institutes of higher education are one of our state’s great assets. We should do all we can to ensure they best serve students and faculty and can continue growing and innovating.

We need to make sure that regardless of income level, all can both pursue higher education and succeed as students.

UW is not only one of the best universities in the country, it’s one of the best in the world. I think it’s it is imperative that UW and the Legislature work together to make sure our state does its part to support and fund UW.

These fields are critically important. Washington should do all we can to make sure students in our state have access to the highest quality programs in these fields, additionally providing them at affordable rates.
Scott McMullen House, Pos. 1 10 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Kay Murano House, Pos. 1 6 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Matt Boehnke House, Pos. 2 8 Yes

We still need to support other education areas such as Paraeducators, Counselors with mental health training, and school safety.

Not a no, but a Maybe. I can not answer this either yes or not without having all the facts. I need to research more about the State Need Grant and how it impacts my district and the state.

Yes, as a current tenured tracked college professor, education is my number one priority throughout the state. We work our curriculum to have a career path that integrates with UW. This issues strikes home with me and is very important that we work to keep it up to par.

yes, again, as a college professor, I teach in the STEM career field and believe its vital to our future and the growth of our current economy. I would look for more UW support in our district.
Jodi Wilke House, Pos. 1 24 Yes

Within responsible fiscal policy

Within responsible fiscal policy

Within responsible fiscal policy

Within responsible fiscal policy
Michael Petrish House, Pos. 1 40 Yes

I also believe in school choice, charter schools and vocational training

We need to make the tough decisions to spend our tax money wisely.
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Need to know more about this issue before answeing yes or no.
Tanisha Harris House, Pos. 1 17 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Debra Entenman House, Pos. 1 47 Yes Yes Yes

I also plan to work to increase funding for Community and Technical colleges.

I support a STEAM model that includes funding for the Arts.
Frank Deisler House, Pos. 2 32 No No Yes No
Steve Conway* Senate 29 Yes Yes

High Priority
Yes Yes
Larry Springer* House, Pos. 2 45 Yes

my top priority
Yes Yes Yes
Kathy Gillespie House, Pos. 2 18 Yes

It is critical to support higher ed in our state.
Yes Yes Yes
Shir Regev House, Pos. 1 8 Yes

I feel strongly about this. I was slated to attend the MIT program at WSU-TC (please don't hold being a WSU Alumna against me) when the program was cut at that campus because of the recession. Having affordable, good quality higher education programs available to our students is key to attracting and retaining our best and brightest.
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I don't know enough to answer this question.
Mark Greene House, Pos. 2 30 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mary May House, Pos. 2 4 Yes

Investments in education are a priority for our state.

The State Need Grant makes it possible for low-income students to obtain a higher education. Funding the SNG must be maintained so that access to a better economic future is not limited to only those that can personally afford to pay the high cost of college.

Equity in funding is critical for all our institutions.

Preparing our students for high-demand fields of employment makes sense from both an investment of time and funding. I support programs aimed at reaching students throughout their education career and highlighting the opportunities available in science, technology, engineering, math, and healthcare.
Karen Hardy Senate 7 Yes

Education is an investment in our future. We need to fully fund education to the point our children are prepared to join the workforce.
Yes Yes Yes
Randall Michaelis House, Pos. 1 7 Yes Yes

I am the dean of the School of Education at Whitworth University. I am strongly supportive of this state funding.
Yes Yes
Gerry Pollet* House, Pos. 1 46 Yes

As one of only 2 faculty members (UW School of Public Health faculty) in the entire legislature, and as Vice-Chair of Higher Education, I am committed to significant expanding access to the opportunities of higher education, ensuring faculty and staff compensation are adequate to recruit and to allow them to live near our schools, that we do not increase tuition, that we provide for the first investment in over a decade in access to public service graduate level degrees, and we fix structural issues in the budget that punish our higher ed institutions. I am the prime sponsor of the Washington Promise to enable every low and middle income students to be able to access college without debt. We need to recognize that the full cost of attendance for one student, even for a community college, is over 40% of the income for people in the lowest 20% of income level in Washington. I have championed investment in evidence based programs that can dramatically increase student retention and completion, particularly for first generation, under represented minority, and low income students.

Despite the increased investment in State Need Grant, the number of low income qualified students who were turned down for any Need Grant funding has gone up dramatically this year. The SNG does not even offer aid to middle income Washingtonians. The obstacles to knowing if a student will have a grant are numerous and create great uncertainty about whether low income students can attend college. That is a major reason why I will reintroduce The Washington Promise to assure every qualified low and middle income student that they can go to college tuition free with support based on the cost of attendance and their circumstances.

I have been the legislative leader in seeking to ensure the UW and all our colleges get 100% of the funding which the Legislature approves for compensation.

This includes leadership to provide aid and support for graduate public service health, education, social work, public interest law and other programs for which there is NO state support.
Brian Duthie House, Pos. 2 25 Yes Yes Yes No answer provided
C Davis House, Pos. 1 22 Yes

McCleary doesn't apply to higher education. However I am committed to making sure that we have a fine higher education system.

I would take a good look to make sure these grants go to those who need AND are qualified for them.

I am committed to fairness and would definitely look into insuring that our higher education institutions are funded fairly.

Yes, I can support priority degrees and the arts, but not "identity" degrees. Also fighting H1-visas is an important way of insuring our grads have good jobs waiting for them.
Erin Frasier House, Pos. 1 19 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Dale Fonk Senate 45 Yes Yes

I favor a format where a college graduate is offered a path to reduce or eliminate accumulated college debt by working in the public sector for a prescribed period of time.
Yes Yes

Yes, in addition to 'hands on' careers, robotics for example.
Gael Tarleton* House, Pos. 2 36 Yes

I was a UW staff member during the Great Recession. I watched as faculty and staff salaries were frozen. I also saw dozens of faculty recruited to other universities in other states because UW couldn't make counter-offers. And I worked with graduate and undergraduate students who couldn't afford the next quarter's tuition. It was brutal. I am running for re-election to address one of the most serious risks we face in the coming decade: lack of stable, predictable revenues to fund higher education institutions and the State Need Grant. Our state's population growth will begin to stress the existing higher educational infrastructure. We must create access to institutions so that our students can live where they work and pursue college credentials. We must stabilize funding year over year and give our institutions more predictability to hire and retain faculty, expand student financial aid, invest in capital facilities, and provide necessary support to a more diverse student body. I want to build stronger and more transparent relationships among high schools, Community and Technical Colleges, our 4-year institutions, and our career and trades apprentice programs so that students can move seamlessly throughout the higher education system as they acquire skills and identify gaps in their knowledge while working. I want to build the higher educational network for the 21st century. It's going to take some work, but there are many legislators who share my commitment to this goal.

My colleagues and I worked for six years to make the case to fully fund the State Need Grant. Every year, we showed where students were being denied equal access to a college education simply because the legislature did not make funding the SNG a priority. In 2018, the House Higher Education Committee made fully funding the SNG our shared top priority. I will continue to make this an absolutely essential responsibility of the state. I have worked for six years to freeze tuition, expand funding to our public higher education institutions, fully fund the State Need Grant, and expand eligibility for in-state tuition so that veterans and their families are able to access higher education benefits as soon as they separate from their military service. I am now focused on those 250,000+ 8th graders who have taken the college-bound pledge during the past 5 years. We made a promise to them that if they earned a high school diploma, we would pay for their tuition to go to college. This is why I will do everything I can to fully fund the State Need Grant, even as those who qualify grow in numbers. We made a promise. We must deliver.

When it comes to equitable funding of our public higher educational institutions, the state legislature must not say "some but not all" get equal funding. I was a UW development officer. I helped UW faculty compete for research grants from the federal government and private donors. I am in a unique position in Olympia to help my colleagues understand that we must not penalize UW for being successful at competing for and winning research grants. We must not assume that UW can cover expenses that the state doesn't want to pay. If we want to give every student equal access to an excellent education in our public universities and colleges, then we must treat the faculty equally.

I am acutely aware that the state must be strategic about supporting high-demand degrees to support our state's diverse economy. As a Higher Education committee member, Vice Chair of Technology and Economic Development, and Vice President of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER), I know that our state's economic vitality and resilience require investments in critical future workforce needs. I have collaborated with colleagues to push funding for high-demand degree programs while supporting capital budget requests to build the classrooms and laboratories these students and faculty need. We can't expand student enrollment if there are no places for them to take classes and work in well-equipped labs. Our 4-year and 2-year colleges and universities all need investments. I've been so grateful to UW Impact for its collaboration with other universities to support equal access to opportunities for all our students. And I will never forget that I was a history major. Just because certain fields are "high-demand" today, does not mean that we can ignore supporting degree programs in the arts, social sciences, and interdisciplinary fields. Our students need opportunities to explore new ideas and new fields. I will fight to support what students demand today, while also funding programs that will allow students to create what become the new high-demand fields.
Chris Corry House, Pos. 1 14 Yes

We need to make sure we offer a range of secondary education options for students in Washington State.
No answer provided Yes Yes
David Frockt* Senate 46 Yes Yes

I have been one of the leaders in insuring that we made the commitment to get to zero backlog on the SNG. I also support its eventual expansion in eligibility to help those in the near middle and middle class be less reliant on debt to finance their education.
Yes Yes

Yes - as capital budget lead and as vice chair of the Ways & Means committee last year I have supported the epansion of and new buildings for the engineering and computer science departments and also investment in additional STEM slots in those departments.
Claus Joens Senate 39 Yes

Have concerns about where the funds came from to fund public education and the long term funding formula to sustain these improvements as much as possible during an economic downturn.

However, I am not supporting any initiatives where the funding source is not clearly determined. We have to stop voting to approve things and worrying about how we will pay for it later. Business does not have that luxury. Families do not have that luxury. Arguably, government shouldn't either.

I need to do a deep dive to find out why the UW received an inequitable fund split in the past.

As well as look at what needs to change to increase math and science competencies so students actually desire and enjoy these career fields.
Dave Lucas House, Pos. 2 3 Yes

I do support additional funding for education, but not for bloated administrative costs. Money put into higher education should have one goal: to make going to college more affordable to those that need it most.

Higher education is an aspiration that everyone, regardless of race or creed, should be able to acquire.

I say yes with a few reservations. Compensation should be fair, but it shouldn't be arbitrary. Depending on the history of increases and the availability of resources, I might support funding to other aspects (like expanding opportunities for students) over increased faculty compensation.

Yes. The capacity and quality of programs for these degrees should certainly be protected and expanded.
Michael Appleby House, Pos. 2 41 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Zack Hudgins House, Pos. 1 11 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mark Miloscia Senate 30 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Nicole Macri 43 Yes

While the legislature’s work to fund K-12 public education is far from done, it is imperative that will significantly increase investments in higher education to ensure equitable access to opportunity, and ensuring students in Washington can obtain jobs in the industries we know are growing in our state, including healthcare, science, and technology.

The 43rd District is fortunate to have the greatest number of higher education students of any district in the state. It is imperative that we work to ensure all eligible students can receive the support they need to attend college. I will fight hard to fulfill the commitment the legislature made to fully fund the State Need Grant by 2022.

I was a strong proponent of adjusting funding to UW to ensure equity across our higher education institutions. Many UW faculty and staff members live in the 43rd District, and have shared the challenges as the cost of living has rapidly increased in the Seattle area. I will continue to work for adequate and equitable funding for UW and other institutions across the state.

We are facing significant workforce shortages in healthcare, and other science, engineering and technology fields. We must invest to ensure we have ample capacity to meet the demand in this discipline. This means attracting and retaining faculty and staff, and making some needed capital investments in classrooms and labs.