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  • Senate briefed on top WSU budget priorities

    Washington State University outlined its top budget priorities before the Senate Higher Education committee during a work session earlier this morning.

    The land-grant institution gave an overview on its geographical reach across the state and updated the committee on the status of current university initiatives, including a brief summary of the developing Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.

    Video of WSU’s testimony can be viewed below.
    Testimony begins at 01:26:30.

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  • Senate committee updated on WSU’s marijuana research

    WSU provided a briefing on its marijuana research activities to the Senate Commerce, Labor & Sports committee yesterday afternoon.

    Nick Lovrich, Regents Professor Emeritus and chair of an internal WSU committee overseeing university cannabis research efforts, highlighted five WSU research projects including tests on cannabis as a substitute for opioid medications and the psychological effects of long term use.

    Lovrich also explains the difficulties of acquiring research marijuana at the federal level and the impact this research has on the state of Washington, particularly with regards to law enforcement policies and practices.

    Video of WSU’s testimony can be viewed below.
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  • WSU testifies on governor’s capital budget plan

    The governor’s proposed capital budget received hearings this week in the Senate and the House and WSU testimony zeroed in on the university’s top two priorities — its $58.9 million request to build the Plant Sciences Building and its $38.1 million request for construction on the first stage of the Global Animal Health Phase II project, both in Pullman.

    The governor’s proposal funded the former, but not the latter.

    The proposal funded the university’s $3 million request to design a new academic building at WSU Tri-Cities, its $4.9 million request to renovate STEM teaching labs in Pullman, and its $500,000 request for pre-design of a ... » More ...

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  • WSU testifies on Governor’s operating budget proposal

    The first week of this year’s legislative session has featured budget committee hearings in both chambers on the governor’s proposed operating budget submitted to the Legislature last month.  The Governor’s proposal includes a fully-funded tuition freeze, new funding for the State Need Grant and $10 million of WSU’s $10.8 million request to support 60 first year and 60 second year students for the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.

    It did not fund WSUs $5 million request to bring new STEM programming to Everett, Vancouver and Bremerton and its compensation package calling for three 2 percent salary increases over the 17-19 biennium was only half-funded.

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  • Medical school, ag buildings top WSU legislative agenda

    Gavels fell at noon today to usher in the 2017 legislative session, scheduled to run 105 days and adjourn on April 23.

    WSU is pursuing a series of priorities in the Legislature this year, topped by operating funding for the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine and construction funding for two agriculture research buildings in Pullman. You can find WSU’s legislative agenda here.

    The university is seeking $10.8 million to support 60 first year and 60 second year students for its recently accredited medical school. Some 700 prospective students applied for the 60 available slots and interviews began on Friday. Classes start in August.

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