OLYMPIA — The state House overwhelmingly passed the so-called Washington Dream Act on Monday, kickstarting the 60-day legislative session with a rare opening-day floor vote. But state Senate leaders signaled the bill is unlikely to move in that chamber. The proposal, House Bill 1817, would allow access to financial aid for aspiring state college students who were…More
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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…More
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…More
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…More
While the rest of the state celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day, state lawmakers worked through the holiday and filed a number of bills on topics ranging from veterans to motorcycle helmets. On Monday, state Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, filed Senate Bill 5143, which would remove mandatory helmet use for motorcycle riders age 18 or over….More
The state Attorney General’s office gave a quick response Wednesday to a question state Sen. Pam Roach, R- Auburn, asked this week about whether state university and college tuition rates must be approved by the Legislature. At issue is whether Initiative 1185, the voter-approved initiative that requires a two-thirds vote to raise taxes, requires the state…More
Did Initiative 1185, the voter-approved measure that requires a two-thirds vote in the state Legislature to increase taxes, rescind tuition-setting authority that was granted by lawmakers in 2011 to Washington universities? Initiative supporter Tim Eyman and state Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, say it did. Roach has asked the Attorney General’s Office to examine tuition-setting authority in…More