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February collections report near November forecast

Collections did not deviate far from the November revenue forecast, according to a monthly Economic and Revenue update released by the state Economic and Revenue Forecast Council. The February report showed tax collections marginally higher than expected, up $5.2 million or 0.2 percent. Including the other monthly reports since the November forecast, tax collections are […]

Bill to approve tuition rates sooner voted unanimously off Senate floor

Legislation that would provide Washington’s public universities the ability to set tuition sooner was voted off the Senate floor with unanimous support Wednesday afternoon. Senate Bill 5079 would require the Office of Financial Management (OFM) to communicate the maximum allowable increase in tuition under state law to public higher education institutions by October 1 for […]

New engineering building will be a game changer

This legislative session, WSU is asking state lawmakers to support construction of a new engineering student services building on the Pullman campus which touches all three pillars of the university-wide capital budget request: It represents a high university priority found on a streamlined and disciplined list of requests It supports the elimination of deferred maintenance […]

Native American Scholarship bill advances from committee

Legislation that would establish a Native American Scholarship Program was voted out of the House Committee on Postsecondary Education and Workforce on Friday. If funded, House Bill 1399 would provide funds equal to resident tuition and fees to eligible applicants who: Are members of a federally recognized Indian tribe Have filled out a financial aid […]

Regents engage legislators in Olympia on higher education priorities

Regents and trustees from Washington’s public baccalaureate institutions met with state legislators in Olympia on Thursday, discussing top priorities facing the state’s colleges including compensation, workforce and infrastructure needs. Regents Jenette Ramos and Enrique Cerna participated on behalf of WSU in the event known as Regents and Trustees Day, which has been held remotely the […]

Regent Chilton appointment confirmed by Senate

Reanne Chilton was confirmed by the state Senate yesterday morning on a 49-0 vote as student Regent at Washington State University, with several legislators lauding her confirmation in floor speeches. Senator Sam Hunt (D-Olympia) called Chilton a “true cougar.” Chilton is a fifth-year student at WSU in clinical psychology, currently working towards her Ph.D. She […]

Dairy Day returns to the Capitol

The Capitol building was filled with dairy farmers and industry advocates to celebrate Dairy Day Wednesday, commemorated with the sweet taste of Ferdinand’s Grabbers. Sponsored by the Washington State Dairy Products Commission and in coordination with the Washington State Dairy Federation, members and staff from the Commission and Federation along with Dairy Women and county […]

Back in person – Coug Day at the Capitol

Dozens of WSU students are swarming the state Capitol grounds today to press their priorities as part of the annual Coug Day at the Capitol. Held remotely for the past two years, students from five WSU campuses returned in force before dawn this morning. Agenda items for a series of meetings with legislators include requests […]

Bill to set tuition earlier now awaiting floor vote

Legislation that would allow Washington’s public universities to set tuition sooner was unanimously moved out of Senate Higher Education committee last week and is now in the Rules Committee awaiting a floor vote. Senate Bill 5079, supported by WSU, would require the Office of Financial Management to communicate the maximum allowable increase in tuition under […]

Three days on the hill: President Schulz engages Legislature

WSU President Kirk Schulz visited with legislators in Olympia last week, advocating for the institution’s top legislative priorities. Over three days, Schulz met with over two dozen legislators discussing employee compensation, the university’s social work and public health degree proposals, nursing reaccreditation efforts, and multiple building projects. You can find WSU’s 2023 legislative agenda here. With the […]