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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

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…


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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

May 6, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Inslee announces new picks for higher ed board

When Gov. Jay Inslee fired four members of the Washington Student Achievement Council earlier this year, the big question for surprised university officials and lawmakers became who the governor would choose to replace them. Inslee answered that question Monday, announcing a slate of appointments that includes the recently-named National Teacher of the Year and the president…


Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: Brian Baird, higher education, Jay Inslee

March 19, 2013 at 11:44 AM

State Senate leaders pledge $300M more for higher ed; no word yet on funding source

This post was updated at 12:12 p.m. By Mike Baker The Associated Press OLYMPIA — A group of Washington state senators vowed Tuesday to increase funding for higher education by $300 million but declined to say how they would get the money at a time when lawmakers are already struggling to balance the budget. Republican Sen. Michael Baumgartner, who…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: higher education, Michael Baumgartner, Washington Legislature

March 6, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Immigration seeing strong Republican support in Olympia

“Regardless of the past actions that led to undocumented students arriving in our state, we have the opportunity to affect their future and ours. Our state has the ability to change the outcome of their stories and give them the tools they need.” That statement, urging support for legislation in Olympia to allow undocumented immigrant…


Comments | More in homepage, Politics Northwest | Topics: Bipartisanship, Financial aid, higher education

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