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Budget time in Olympia – Senate releases its proposed budget

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It is that time in Olympia. And, for WSU Impact advocates, time to take action and let your legislators know what you think the priorities are for state funding. The state Senate released its proposed budget yesterday. Below is the write up of what the proposed budget means to WSU priorities. To learn more about the WSU priorities, be sure to log in and check out the current WSU issues we have shared on your personal home page. To view the testimony that the WSU Director of State Relations offered to the Senate Ways and Means Committee on the proposed state Senate budget, click here.

Newsbeat Blog – WSU Government Relations

Leaders in the state Senate unveiled an operating budget proposal Tuesday that would increase funding for STEM enrollments, but only partially fund WSU’s request to support the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.

At a high level, the proposal would do the following.

  • Provide $5 million to support the medical school. WSU has requested $10.8 million for the 2017-19 biennium to support 60 first year and 60 second year students.
  • Provide $7.2 million for new enrollments, with 70 percent of them required to be in STEM disciplines. WSU had requested $5 million to support new engineering enrollments in Vancouver and Everett.
  • Provide compensation increases for state employees at $500 per year for each year of the biennium.
  • Fund legislation establishing a research program to study Elk Hoof Disease and legislation enhancing mental health services for students who are veterans.
  • Suspend marijuana research funding directed by Initiative 502.
  • Enact a $3.2 million cut assuming a 1 percent reduction in tuition waivers.

Other finer details are still being studied. The budget is being heard at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Senate Ways and Means Committee [click here to view yesterday afternoon’s testimony]. The House is expected to release its operating budget proposal soon. Negotiators will ultimately reach a compromise to send to the governor.

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