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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

WSU weighs in on House operating budget

Chris Mulick, WSU director of state relations, testified support on behalf of the university Monday evening for the House’s proposed operating budget, released earlier in the day on Monday. “We’re here first and foremost to express our appreciation for the funding in this budget to support the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. In very little […]

Medical school funded in all three budget proposals

Leaders in the House of Representatives Monday released a budget proposal that would provide $10 million to support 60 first year and 60 second year medical students for the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. That’s consistent with funding proposals released earlier by the governor and the Senate. In all three proposals, annual funding beginning […]

Amendment boosts med school funding in Senate budget

The Senate Ways and Means Committee voted late Wednesday to increase funding in its budget proposal for the Elson S. Floyd College of medicine from $5 million to $10 million for the 17-19 biennium. That matches the level funded in the governor’s budget. WSU has requested $10.8 million. Beginning with the 2019 fiscal year, the […]

WSU testifies on Senate operating budget

Washington State University was back on the hill this week to testify at the Ways & Means hearing of the Senate’s proposed operating budget, SB 5048, which was released early Tuesday afternoon. WSU issued their support for funding in the bill that would bolster STEM degree production, but asked that the Senate take into consideration […]

What the Senate budget means for WSU

Leaders in the state Senate unveiled an operating budget proposal Tuesday that would increase funding for STEM enrollments, but only partially fund WSU’s request to support the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. At a high level, the proposal would do the following. Provide $5 million to support the medical school. WSU has requested $10.8 […]

WSU backs open educational resources legislation

WSU has made significant strides in the past year to expand awareness and implementation of open educational resources in the classroom, and it continued to do so by issuing its support of HB 1561 – a bill designed to increase the use of these resources at four-year higher education institutions. The bill was heard in […]