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September 24, 2014 at 4:33 PM

Senate Republicans try to blame Democrats for tuition hikes

State Senate Republicans are taking pains this week to try to finger Democrats as the bad guys when it comes to cutting higher education funding and allowing steep college tuition hikes. And the Republican chair of the Senate’s higher education subcommittee has sent Gov. Jay Inslee a letter asking him not to trim higher education at all this biennium. Here’s the background:  Last…


Comments | More in Education, State government | Topics: higher education, Senate Majority Coalition

November 5, 2013 at 7:09 AM

Incumbents leading in Port Commission races

UPDATE, 8:25 p.m.: Incumbent Port Commissioner John Creighton was holding a lead over Auburn Mayor Pete Lewis in Tuesday’s initial election results, and three other incumbents were also leading their challengers. In initial returns, Creighton was leading 69 percent to 31 percent. Voters were supporting two appointed commissioners, Courtney Gregoire and Stephanie Bowman. Gregoire was beating Socialist…


Comments | More in 2014 elections | Topics: Courtney Gregoire, John Creighton, John Naubert

November 5, 2013 at 7:04 AM

Dunn, Dembowski, Upthegrove leading in King County Council races; Constantine headed for second term

UPDATE: 10:01 p.m. Shari Song said she was not yet ready to concede on Tuesday night to Reagan Dunn in the race for King County Council District 9. Dunn was leading Song 58 percent to 42 percent in initial returns. Dunn said he thought “voters were happy with the job I’m doing and saw through some of…


Comments | More in 2014 elections | Topics: Andy Massagli, Dave Upthegrove, Naomi Wilson

June 28, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Tuition freeze, funding increase please higher-education leaders

Higher education leaders said Friday they were pleased with the proposed legislative budget that bumps higher education funding by 12 percent and freezes tuition for at least a year for in-state undergraduate students. The proposed budget adds $119 million in funding over two years, plus an extra $18 million to grow computer science and engineering programs…


Comments | More in Education, Politics Northwest, State government, State Legislature | Topics: higher education

June 27, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Tentative higher-education budget: 10 percent funding boost, no tuition increases

Sen. Barbara Bailey said Thursday morning that the Legislature is very close to agreeing to the details of a higher-education budget that would increase funding by 10 percent and freeze tuition for the next two years. Bailey made her comments around the same time that other legislative leaders announced a tentative deal on the overall…


Comments | More in Education, Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: higher education

March 18, 2013 at 4:46 PM

State tuition could go up 5 to 7 percent, if funding remains flat

Earlier this year, the presidents of Washington’s four-year colleges promised to freeze in-state undergraduate tuition if the Legislature would allocate an additional $225 million to fund higher education. But that scenario is looking less likely every day. If there are no increases — but also no cuts — tuition is likely to go up by about…


Comments | More in State budget, State Legislature | Topics: tuition, UW, WSU

February 21, 2013 at 6:33 PM

UW’s Young concerned about disconnect between policy, funding

University of Washington President Michael Young spent a day in Olympia earlier this week, and came away with concerns about how some policy decisions are being made without regard to funding issues, he told The Seattle Times editorial board Thursday. In an hour-long meeting with editorial writers, Young said that legislators are making broad policy decisions…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State budget, State Legislature | Topics: Michael Young, university of washington

February 8, 2013 at 4:00 PM

House committee moves to kill differential tuition

This post has been updated to include new information A two-year-old bit of legislation allowing state universities to charge variable tuition rates for different majors may be headed for a quick demise. Late Thursday, the House Higher Education Committee voted unanimously to end the so-called “differential tuition.” The bill, House Bill 1043, now goes for a…


Comments | More in homepage, Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: higher education, tuition, university of washington

February 1, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Bill would tie tuition increases to inflation rate

The latest attempt to address the escalating cost of higher education comes from Rep. Gerry Pollet, D-Seattle, who’s introduced a bill that would limit state college tuition increases to the rate of inflation through 2018. HB 1624 aims to move Washington toward a 50-50 split between students and the state, with students paying half the cost…


Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: tuition, university of washington, Washington State University

January 18, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Senators Murray and Tom trade barbs over GET

State Sen. Ed Murray chastised Sen. Rodney Tom Friday in a strongly-worded letter that questions Tom’s leadership as chair of a committee that wants to shut down the state’s prepaid college tuition program. Tom, who described the Guaranteed Education Tuition program as a “Ponzi scheme” during a phone interview Friday, said it would be “fiscally…


Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: ed murray, GET tuition plan, rodney tom

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