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  • WSU medical school bill to be heard this week

    Legislation introduced last week in the form of Senate Bill 6093 and House Bill 2443 would add the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine to the Family Medicine Residency Network. The House version is scheduled for a hearing Wednesday in the Health Care Committee.

    The network was established in 1975 to support family medicine residencies in the state and encourage the development of new ones. State law was updated in 2015 and funding provided to incentivize hospitals and clinics to expand such programs and develop new ones. The Family Medicine Education Advisory Board also was established to make recommendations on the selection of … » More …

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  • WSU voices support for compromise capital budget

    The university registered support yesterday evening on the 2017-19 biennial capital budget agreement reached by the Legislature last session but that has not yet been voted on. The Senate Ways & Means Committee held the public hearing to receive testimony on the compromise budget, as well as the Governor’s proposed 2018 supplemental capital budget.

    Both budgets are identical in their funding for WSU. Both fund the following priorities:

    • $52 million to construct the Plant Sciences Building in Pullman
    • $23 million to start construction of the Global Animal Health Phase II project in Pullman
    • $3 million to design a new … » More …

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  • WSU testifies on Governor’s budget proposal

    WSU testified in support of the governor’s supplemental operating budget proposal this week in front of the House Appropriations and the Senate Ways and Means committees.

    The proposal funds the university’s top operating budget priorities. It most notably provided $1.272 million to fund administration of the state’s new solar energy incentive program, currently being built and administered by the WSU Energy Program at the Legislature’s direction.

    The governor’s budget also provided $500,000 to allow WSU to hire a full-time director, support staff and competitive research grant program for the Joint Center for Deployment and Research in Earth Abundant Materials (JCDREAM). The university leads … » More …

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  • WSU unveils 2018 legislative agenda

    Washington State University’s legislative agenda for the 2018 legislative session highlights the university’s top budget priorities and legislation to support the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. You can find the WSU 2018 legislative agenda here.

    This year’s session begins Monday and is scheduled to run through March 11.

    The four point agenda leads off with support for the capital budget agreement reached but not approved by legislators last year. That agreement funded construction of the Plant Sciences Building and partial construction of the Global Animal Health Phase II project, both in Pullman. It also funded design of a new academic building at … » More …

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  • Governor’s operating budget proposal funds top WSU priorities

    Governor Jay Inslee released his 2017-19 supplemental operating budget proposal today, providing funding for WSU priorities going into the 2018 legislative session.

    Notably, the proposal provides the $1.272 million necessary for the WSU Energy Program to administer a new renewable energy incentive program. Legislation directing the administration of the incentive program was approved late in the 2017 session but was not funded.

    The governor’s proposal also includes $500,000 for WSU to hire a full-time director and support staff for the Joint Center for Deployment and Research in Earth Abundant Materials (JCDREAM). This appropriation would also support a competitive research grant program for the … » More …

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