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The Smartypants Guide to February’s Civic Cocktail: WSU, higher education and the state budget

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Wednesday, February 4th has WSU talking about important issues to the state of Washington. The morning started with an interview for TVW’s Inside Olympia. The focus? The WSU Office of Commercialization. The program will air on Thursday evening, February 5th. Tonight, CityClub’s monthly CivicCocktail will feature WSU and discussion will focus on medical education, higher education, and other issues important to state priorities. Below is an article highlighting the CivicCocktail upcoming event.

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Facing billions of dollars in needs for education and other programs, how is the state Legislature supposed to write a budget this year? And, with the state and the Pacific Northwest ever more dependent on jobs that require advanced degrees, how will higher education come out of the budget squeeze?

Those are some of the pressing questions that Crosscut’s Civic Cocktail will put to a panel of local decisionmakers.

The Feb. 4 event at Tom Douglas’ Palace Ballroom will feature Washington State University President Elson S. Floyd, who will talk with host and veteran journalist Joni Balter about higher education, its funding as part of the entire education system, the plan for a medical school in Spokane — and any other Cougar-related questions on the audience’s mind. Plus, Sen. Steve Litzow, R-Mercer Island, and Rep. Ross Hunter, D-Medina, will talk with Balter about the state budget. A panel of journalists — Essex Porter of KIRO-7 Eyewitness News, Crosscut’s Berit Anderson and Linda Shaw of The Seattle Times — will also join the discussions.

The doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the program, cosponsored with Seattle City Club and the Seattle Channel, begins at 6. Tickets are $20 for Crosscut or CityClub members, $25 for the general public and $25 at the door. The reservations are filling up but you can register for the program here. (There are often a few seats available at the event from no-shows.) We hope to see you there, but if for some reason you can’t make it, you can catch the program later on the Seattle Channel.

Whether you attend or watch later on TV, here’s some background reading to turn you into a smartypants on higher education and the state budget.

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