April 27, 2021
State Lawmakers Invest in UW | 2021-23 Final Budget
The Washington State legislature released their final two-year state operating budget after an exceptional remote legislative session, and the news is good for higher education. In the fall, the Governor asked all state agencies to model 5, 10, and 15% cuts, readying UW and other institutions for a worst-case scenario. Despite our initial concerns about how the pandemic would affect
February 2, 2021
Husky Caucus Day and a Primer on Priorities
On February 18th, the UW Impact team, along with members of the UW Alumni Association Board of Trustees and other supporters, will meet with state lawmakers on Husky Caucus Day to advocate for support for the University of Washington and for public higher education. Advocates like you will amplify our voices in every district across the state by writing to
December 30, 2020
Governor’s 2021-23 budget proposal generous for higher ed
In mid-December, Governor Inslee released his 2021-23 budget proposal. The Governor’s budget was more generous to higher education than expected, despite lower revenue collections due to COVID-19. Inslee’s proposal is equity-focused, with an emphasis on the expansion of job skills training and job creation, both of which require new higher ed investment and protection of current investments. As UW Impact
April 30, 2019
UW and Higher Ed Win!
We did it. Our state lawmakers passed a budget that includes the most significant investment in higher education in more than a decade. In this biennium alone, the new Workforce Education Investment Fund will generate $376 million in revenue for post-secondary education and training. Wow! At the UW, the revenue in this budget will: Fully fund the State Need Grant, which
October 5, 2017
It’s fall. Where’s our budget?
Back in June, the Legislature passed Washington’s 2017-19 operating budget. In it, the University of Washington was successful in achieving some of its legislative objectives, such as expanding access to the State Need Grant, increasing funding that allows for more STEM enrollments, modest wage increases for faculty, and bargaining agreements for staff. Left lingering since then has been the state’s