WSU is advancing Washington industries …
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WSU partners to develop bioproducts that reduce dependence on petroleum imports …
WSU works with state commodity commissions to conduct needed agricultural research …
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WSU research has made Washington one of the world’s most productive wheat-growing regions …

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

Mark Your Calendar! Important Dates for Your Advocacy

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Securing adequate state funding for higher education continues to be an important message your legislators need to hear. The value of higher education in today’s world has never been more important. A college degree gives people a strong foundation and leg up in tough times. From increased pay to being able to thrive in a job in an economic downturn, to advancing to a new job, higher education is critical. WSU Impact relies on you and your voice to let your legislator know you value state investment in higher education and Washington State University. Below, we provide you with some key dates in the 2018 legislative session that just started last week.

This last week, lawmakers from all over our great state headed back to Olympia and started the new legislative session. With just 60 days to get the job done, they’ll be busy ironing out the details of the supplemental budget.

As we’ve highlighted, Washington State University has big priorities this year. Chiefly, we’re hoping to see needed funding for WSU’s renewable energy programs, laboratory and research funding, and new, state-of-the-art facilities. These WSU priorities will ensure hands-on learning opportunities to more students around Washington. Many of WSU’s priorities will also improve services and scientific breakthroughs that will benefit all Washingtonians. You can learn more about all of WSU’s budget priorities here. Keep up on progress by also visiting WSU Government Relations blog – great updates!

To make sure our lawmakers hear the enthusiasm and interest, though, we ask you to tell your legislators that you support higher ed. Here are the dates you need to know to get involved and active this legislative session!

  • January 8 – First day of session
  • February 2 – Tentative Policy Bills Committee Cutoff (those policy oriented bill in their House of Origin, either the state House of Representatives OR the state Senate)
  • February 6 – Tentative Fiscal Bills Committee Cutoff (those bills with dollars attached in House of Origin, either the state House of Representatives OR the state Senate)
  • February 14 – Tentative House of Origin Floor Cutoff
  • February 23 – Tentative Policy Committee Cutoff (Opposite House)
  • February 26 – Tentative Fiscal Committee Cutoff (Opposite House)
  • March 2 – Tentative Floor Cutoff

That’s right: we’ve got just two months to contact our lawmakers and let them know how much WSU’s mission means to us—and how much good our university can do with ample funding.

From the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, which supports many first-generation college students earn medical degrees in high-paying, in-demand health-related fields to agricultural research that solves real-world problems for our state’s thousands of growers, investing in high ed positively impacts Washington’s economy and its future.

Now’s the time to reach out and tell your lawmakers: You support higher ed. And this legislative session, you hope they do, too. If you haven’t already, register here and send them the message now, before it’s too late!

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