House, Senate unveil operating budget proposals

WSU’s new collective bargaining agreement with academic student employees is partially funded under an operating budget proposal introduced in the state House on Monday but not funded in a Senate proposal released over the weekend. The budgets were austere given modest tax collections in recent months, increasing caseloads on current state programs like the Washington […]

State revenues stay flat

In its January monthly update, the state Economic and Revenue Forecast Council announced last week that tax collections from the months of December and January came in $62.2 million or one percent above what was forecasted in November.   For the month of January, collections decreased by 4.1 percent or $99.1 million due to lower […]

State tax collections continue to climb

State tax collections continued to climb higher than anticipated last month, according to a revenue update released yesterday by the state Economic and Revenue Forecast Council. Collections for the period of July 11 to August 10 came in $81.2 million or 3.6 percent above the previous forecast, released in June, according to the report. Combined […]

WSU Elk hoof rot research presented to impacted communities

WSU Professor Margaret Wild presented before the Cowlitz County commissioners yesterday evening in the final installment of a three day series of community presentations throughout western Washington, where she shared her research team’s investigation into a wildlife disease that can render elk lame and often lead to death. Treponeme-associated hoof disease (TAHD) or elk hoof […]

Governor and First Spouse see what the buzz is about at WSU bee program

Gov. Jay Inslee and First Spouse Trudi Inslee stopped in for a tour of the WSU Bee Program in Othello on Tuesday afternoon, meeting with WSU researchers to discuss challenges facing pollinators which in some cases has led to colony collapse disorder and the strategies being organized to aid them. Honey bees are relied on […]

Forecast projects growth in state collections

The state’s Economic and Revenue Forecast Council adopted an updated revenue outlook last Tuesday, which projects an increase of $341 million to the state’s 2021-23 biennial budget and an increase of $327 million to the 2023-25 biennial budget. The underlying budget for the 2023-25 biennium is now projected to be $66 billion. The increase is […]

Sen. Cantwell and Sen. Stabenow visit WSU Wenatchee R&E Center

On Saturday, June 10th Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, visited WSU’s Wenatchee Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center, where the Cosmic Crisp apple and WA-64 apple were created. Their visit to the to R&E Center was to see first-hand the needs of the nearly 70-year-old […]

Rep. Schrier stumps for ag research in Puyallup

U.S. Rep. Kim Schrier, M.D. (D-WA-8) returned to WSU’s Puyallup Research and Extension Center to promote agricultural research legislation and tour ongoing studies at the center. The Congresswoman recently co-introduced the AG RESEARCH Act in the House to bolster federal investment and noted that infrastructure is a critical component. “If we want to recruit world […]

Rep. McMorris Rodgers visits new WSU residency program

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA-5) got a firsthand look at the future of rural healthcare this week when she visited WSU’s brand new family medicine residency program at Pullman Regional Hospital. The program has just welcomed its first three residents — Dr. Bolu Olawuyi, Dr. Jeff Ward and Dr. Mohammed Younes. At full capacity, […]

WSU nursing, social work, public health initiatives funded by operating budget agreement

The operating budget compromise unveiled by legislative leaders Saturday afternoon fully funds WSU’s requests to support nursing salaries, establish new academic programs in social work and public health, and partially funds the university’s request to fund a cost of living adjustment. The House and Senate are poised to approve the agreement and complete their business […]