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  • Budget agreement funds WSU medical school

    Legislative leaders released a 2017-19 operating budget agreement today that provides $10 million to fund 60 first year and 60 second year medical students, fulfilling WSU’s top legislative priority.

    Budget proposals previously released by the Governor, Senate and House did just the same. The final budget agreement, coming just hours before the onset of the new biennium, now must be approved by both chambers and signed by the governor before going into effect.

    Here are the highlights of the operating budget as it pertains to WSU.

    The budget:

    Provides $10 million for 60 first year and 60 second year students at the Elson S. ... » More ...

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  • Revenue forecast ticks upward

    A new forecast of future tax collections has added $79 million in anticipated state revenues for the current two-year budget cycle and another $80 million for the one that begins July 1. That’s a small bump for a state budget that is expected to near $42 billion.

    You can read the forecast here and find the press release from the Office of Financial Management here.

    That provides a critical piece of information as legislative negotiators work to craft a compromise operating budget to send to the governor. Budgets proposed by the governor, House and Senate all provide $10 million to fund 60 first ... » More ...

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  • Governor Inslee signs b̶r̶a̶n̶c̶h̶ campus bill

    The term “branch” has been officially removed as a descriptor for WSU campuses historically known as branch campuses.

    Gov. Jay Inslee signed HB 1107 into law during a bill signing ceremony this afternoon. The bill removes the term “branch” from applicable state laws. It does not change governance or make any other changes.

    WSU has supported this bill throughout this year’s legislative session, testifying in support before the Senate on March 16th and before the House back in January.

    The ... » More ...

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  • What the House capital budget means for WSU

    Leaders in the House of Representatives released their capital budget proposal Wednesday, funding one of two construction requests forwarded by WSU for the Pullman campus.

    The plan fully funds WSU’s $38.1 million request to build the first stage of the Global Animal Health Phase II project — the new home of the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory. But it does not fund WSU’s $58.9 million request to construct the Plant Sciences Building.

    Both projects remain in play going into negotiations on a final budget. The Senate plan provides $52 million for Plant Sciences and $23 million to get started on Global Animal Health Phase ... » More ...

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  • Senate plan funds priority WSU ag buildings

    The Senate Ways and Means Committee voted out a proposed capital budget Wednesday that includes funding for two WSU building projects critical to the future of Washington agriculture.

    The plan funds $52 million of WSU’s $58.9 million request for the Plant Sciences Building and $23 million to start construction of the Global Animal Health Phase II project, both in Pullman. This despite unexpected constraints on the capital budget due to late breaking requirements for K-12 construction.

    The Senate capital budget proposal also provides $3 million for design of the WSU Tri-Cities Academic Building and $500,000 for predesign of the Vancouver Life Sciences Building. It also ... » More ...

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