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January 16, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Patty Murray wants $750M tuition aid for undocumented, poor students

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Patty Murray is proposing to earmark $750 million over 10 years to entice all states to make college more affordable for tens of thousands of poor, including undocumented, high school graduates each year. The Washington Democrat on Thursday introduced a bill that would financially reward Washington and 18 other states that already…

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Comments | More in Congress, Education | Topics: college tuition, immigration, patty murray

October 28, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Ed Murray’s UW parking-ticket spat

Nobody likes to pay parking tickets. State senator and mayoral candidate Ed Murray is no exception.

Murray got irritated in October 2010 when confronted with an old parking ticket at the University of Washington, recently released records show.

The ticket amounted to $60 with late fees, but Murray refused to pay it, according to records released by the UW after a public-disclosure request. He’d stopped by the UW parking office to pick up new parking passes he needed as a UW employee but was told he first needed to resolve the old violation.

In an email to parking officials, Murray complained he’d been unaware of the ticket, which hadn’t come up the last time he picked up parking passes. He wrote that he only would have been on campus in 2008 “in my capacity as Washington State Senator.”

“Since I have no intention of paying for a violation I have no knowledge of and since you are unwilling to sale [sic] me parking passes, please cancel my UPASS. I will buy parking in the area and drive to work every day,” Murray wrote in the Oct. 7, 2010, email. (The U-PASS is a discounted bus and transit pass for UW staff and students.)

UW parking employees appeared nervous at the blast from a powerful state politician. In an email, one wrote there was proof that notice of the ticket had been mailed to Murray’s home in addition to being placed on his vehicle. “I can certainly waive the late fee, but I can’t erase the ticket,” the employee wrote to a coworker, adding “this one may be sensitive.”

Murray never had to pay. The next day, the UW’s lobbying department intervened and said it would cover the cost, saying “the citation appears to be from an official visit.”

In an interview, Murray said he had a fairly limited budget as a legislator and was constantly picking up the tab for parking and other official expenses.

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Comments | More in 2014 elections | Topics: state sen. ed murray, university of washington

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…

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

February 21, 2013 at 2:42 PM

Bill giving university students a louder voice passes House

OLYMPIA — Washington students are one step closer to having a larger role in decisions made by public university officials. House Bill 1331, which allows student governments to form committees advising school administrations, passed the House on Wednesday, 95-1. Bill sponsor Rep. Marcus Riccelli, D-Spokane, said student input is becoming increasingly important, given rising tuition. “As students…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: Angie Weiss, Margaret Shepherd, Rep. Marcus Riccelli

February 15, 2013 at 9:08 AM

State Senate considers legislation to increase international student tuition

Tuition rates for international students attending Washington’s state universities would increase by 20 percent if state Senate moves forward with a bill proposed by Sen. Rodney Tom, D-Medina. Tom intends the tuition increase to go toward Washington’s Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) program, which is in need of additional funding. Tom argued that the bill isn’t an attack on…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: International Students, Sen. Rodney Tom, 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…

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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…

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

January 9, 2013 at 6:36 PM

AG’s office: I-1185 works just like I-1053 when it comes to tuition

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…

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November 13, 2012 at 12:45 PM

UW students want Legislature to raise revenue

With a $1 billion state revenue shortfall predicted for the upcoming biennium, University of Washington students are calling on the Legislature to approve new resources of revenue and restore funding to higher education. The students, who unveiled their legislative agenda at a press conference at University Book Store Tuesday morning, support a capital gains tax, which…

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October 3, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Seattle Times live chat during the presidential debate

The Seattle Times politics team invites you to join us Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for our live chat on the presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. We will be joined this evening by David Domke, political communications expert and chairman of the Department of Communication at the University of Washington. Also…

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