Regent Dickinson’s re-appointment confirmed

Marty Dickinson’s reappointment to the Washington State University Board of Regents – the institutions governing board – was unanimously confirmed by the state Senate on Friday. Two prominent legislators rose up highlighting Dickinson’s many accomplishments ahead of the Senate vote. Senator Andy Billing representing the 3rd district Spokane, noted the many ways Dickinson “is deeply […]

WSU-backed NIL legislation receives unanimous vote in House committee

A bill that would clarify state ethics law for certain university employees who engage student athletes in activities involving their name, image, and likeness (NIL) passed unanimously out of the House State Government and Tribal Relations commitee this afternoon. On Valentine’s Day the committee heard Senate Bill 5913 which is sponsored by Senator Javier Valdez. […]

House capital budget unveiled, heard in committee

The House Capital Budget Committee heard testimony on its proposed capital budget Tuesday morning, which provides funds for the WSU Pullman campus to conduct decarbonization planning in the university’s pursuit of compliance with the Climate Commitment Act. The Pullman campus is considered a covered entity under the new cap and invest decarbonization law. To become […]

Senate releases proposed capital budget

Senate budget writers unveiled their proposed 2024 supplemental capital budget, which provides WSU with a start of the billion-plus dollars that will be needed for the Pullman campus to become compliant with the Climate Commitment Act. The state’s “cap and invest” decarbonization law was approved by the Legislature in 2021. The Pullman campus is a […]

WSU-backed NIL legislation heard in House

A bill that would clarify state ethics law for certain university employees engaging student athletes in activities regarding their name, image and likeness (NIL) was heard in the state House of Representatives this afternoon. The House State Government & Tribal Relations committee heard Senate Bill 5913 today, sponsored by Senator Javier Valdez. The bill is […]

Valentine’s Day revenue update – not exactly rosy

State tax collections are projected to grow at a slow rate in the coming months, according to latest projections published today in the state’s Economic and Revenue Forecast Council quarterly economic forecast. The new projection adds $337 million to the state budget through June 2027, just 0.2 percent more than was forecasted in November. The […]

WSU students advocate for expanded financial aid and campus improvements in Capitol visit

In an impactful visit to the nation’s capital, a delegation of Washington State University (WSU) student government leaders  engaged in a series of meetings with lawmakers and other public officials to champion expansions in financial aid and discuss campus needs. Championing financial aid enhancements The team’s agenda was heavily focused on financial aid, with particular […]

Bill extending state financial aid program eligibility clears Senate

A bill that would increase the amount of time a student is eligible to receive aid from state financial aid programs was voted off the floor of the Senate Friday afternoon. SB 5904 passed out with a vote of 34-14 and would extend the current five years of eligibility for certain programs such as the […]

Supply Chain major, collective bargaining agreement and CCA among advocacy topics for WSU Chancellors in Olympia

Leadership from WSU campuses in Vancouver and Everett spent time in Olympia this week advocating for top WSU legislative priorities. Chancellors Mel Netzhammer of WSU Vancouver and Paul Pitre of WSU Everett met with legislators from their respective areas of the state to brief them on the university’s legislative request to establish a supply chain […]

Regent Marroquin confirmed by Senate

Isaac Marroquin was confirmed today as the Student Regent for Washington State University, following a unanimous vote from the state Senate. Marroquin is pursuing a master’s degree in education at WSU, having graduated with his bachelor’s degree in English from the WSU Tri-Cities campus in the spring of 2023. There, he was elected and served […]