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Legislature offers operating budget proposals

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The legislature is now entering into the final stages of this year’s supplemental budget session. Last week, the state Senate and the state House of Representatives each released their respective operating budgets. Below we share the respective differences between the two chambers in relation to Washington State University’s legislative priorities. Budget negotiators will now work diligently to find compromise and send a single agreed-to supplemental budget to the Governor in time to adjourn by March 10th.

The state House of Representatives offered its supplemental budget proposal on Monday, February 22nd. The House budget includes funding $580,000 to support WSU establishing an agriculture degree program in Western Washington. The House proposal funds the organic degree program only due to tight budgets and concerns over the economic forecast. Though not anticipating a recession, the state economic and revenue forecast projects slower growth due to a cooling global economy and the impacts of low oil prices. The result is partial funding of WSU’s request for advancing agricultural degrees.

The state Senate proposal, which was offered on Wednesday, February 24th, continues to support the reinvestment in higher education made by the Legislature last year. This year, the Senate offers an additional two million dollars to backfill the cuts in tuition. The two million dollars will account for increases in college enrollment through June 2017.

As a reminder, the Legislature cut tuition by five percent for this current academic year and by another 10 percent for the academic year starting this coming August. It was a remarkable turnaround after several years of significant cuts in funding higher education and increases in tuition.

The proposed Senate proposal also funds WSU’s research to develop a hand held device that could be used by law enforcement to determine driving under the influence of marijuana.

The bottom-line is that both budgets, though different, offer support for portions of WSU’s priorities. Negotiations will now begin and as reported by TVW, the respective budget proposals from the state House and Senate remain apart by approximately $400 million dollars.

Stay tuned over the next two weeks and please click here to take action and let your voice be heard.

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