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WSU President Elson Floyd: New State Operating Budget Worth the Wait

In exciting news and with deep gratitude to the WSU Impact members who helped to send 837 messages to your legislators, President Elson Floyd announces WSU’s reaction to the 2013-2015 biennium budget. Citizen voices, supporting higher education and WSU, asking politely for a reinvestment in education played a positive role by ensuring legislators knew the values of constituents and what is important in regards to state priorities. Congratulations and Go Cougs – you helped to make a difference!

President Elson S. Floyd, Washington State University

With a new state budget completed and approved for the coming biennium, the Washington State Legislature has turned an important corner toward re-investing in higher education; I thank them and congratulate them for that.

There are many positive aspects to the higher education budget for the next two years. By far, the most encouraging part is the recognition that we cannot continue to fund higher education on the backs of our students. Moving into the biennium with absolutely no increase in student tuition – and just as importantly, replacing the revenue that an increase would have generated with state dollars – marks a renewed commitment to keeping higher education affordable and accessible. It provides welcomed relief to students and their families.

Another benefit of the new budget is complete funding for maintaining current operations. That investment provides a stability that is critical to solidifying and improving the quality of our programs throughout the state. It also bolsters the confidence of hard-working faculty and staff.

The 2013-15 budget also includes new support for the development of medical education programs at Washington State University Spokane and for expansion of WSU programming at Everett. That enhances our commitment and ability to fulfill our unique land-grant missions in those areas.

Additionally, the budget provides $5.7 million to bolster the university’s efforts to supply our economy with high value degrees in engineering and computer science. That is vital if we are to meet the growing need of business and industry.

Overall, this budget constitutes a vote of confidence from the legislature in higher education and the role it plays in creating a vibrant economy for our state. It gives WSU the opportunity to be of even more service to Washington and its residents.

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