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"Take Five" for WSU and higher education, In the News

Eighth week of the legislative session: what’s next?

Olympia, WA

The legislature is continuing on its deliberative path to appropriate a budget for the state of Washington. As a public institution, Washington State University depends on state funding for its operations in delivering quality education and conducting practical, tangible research that aligns with state priorities. Below is a quick primer on where we are in this 2015-17 session.

The Legislature is in its eighth week of the 105-day budget-setting session and will spend the next week voting bills off the floor of the House and Senate. The deadline for both chambers is March 11th at 5:00 p.m.

As reported last week, House Bill 1559 and Senate Bill 5487 that would allow Washington State University to pursue an independently accredited medical school were successfully voted out of their respective budget committees. Both bills await final passage in their house of origin, and then will be considered by the opposite chamber’s over the next month.

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You’ll find a listing of all bills that survived Friday’s cutoff for bills in budget committees here.

Additionally, WSU Impact will be closely monitoring and reporting on the overall budget discussions that are important to WSU, including reinvestment into higher education, and requests related to expanding academic programs and facilities at the Everett University Center and WSU North Puget Sound at Everett.

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