Legislature convenes for 2024 supplemental session

Lawmakers returned to Olympia yesterday, taking their seats in the state Legislature to convene the 2024 session. Among the top challenges facing legislators in the 60-day session are housing affordability, the environment, behavioral health and public safety.  Adopting supplemental budgets for the 2023-25 biennium are also among the tasks facing legislators. The state’s revenues available […]

Governor releases budget proposal

Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed operating budget proposal released this afternoon would provide $6 million to help WSU compete in carbon allowance auctions but does not fund the university’s request to add supply chain management major at WSU Vancouver and WSU Everett.   WSU requested $19 million to meet obligations under the state’s new cap and invest decarbonization law, known as […]

Governor gets firsthand look at how WSU is leading the quest for cleaner air travel

Governor Jay Inslee traveled to WSU Tri-Cities last week to learn more about WSU’s cutting-edge work on sustainable aviation fuels, commonly abbreviated as SAF. WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor Dr. Sandra Haynes kicked things off during a roundtable discussion featuring WSU’s Dr. Joshua Heyne, Director of the Bioproducts Science and Engineering Laboratory and Chad Kruger, Director of the Center […]

State revenues expected to grow marginally

Modest increases to the state’s budget are expected in the current and upcoming bienniums, announced the state’s Economic and Revenue Forecast Council during a presentation of their November revenue forecast Monday morning. The current 2023-25 budget is projected to grow by $191 million, a 0.3 percent increase compared to the September forecast while the upcoming […]

State higher education committees visit WSU

Members from the state’s higher education committees saw up close the innovative ways WSU is preparing the next generation of health professionals and the health services available to students during visits made to WSU’s Pullman and Spokane campuses earlier this month. Over the course of two visits in four days, the two committees met with […]

Tax collections tick slightly down

Economic and Revenue Forecast Council (ERFC) released its monthly collections report which showed that state tax revenue came in slightly lower than expected in the September revenue forecast, with revenue between October 11th through November 10th down $55.6 million or 2.2 percent. Combined with the October collections report, collections are cumulatively down $41.7 million or […]

House elects Speaker, appropriations process can move forward

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post contained a broken link to House Speaker Mike Johnson’s Dear Colleague letter. The link has been fixed. We apologize for any inconvenience.  This week, the House of Representatives elected Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) as the next Speaker of the House, following weeks of uncertainty after a federal shutdown […]

State revenues grow modestly

In its October monthly update, the state Economic and Revenue Forecast Council provided data that showed actual tax collections 0.7 percent or $13.8 million above what was forecasted in September. This modest increase was driven by fines, fees, surcharges, and forfeitures from the Washington Court system. With $1 million collected, it came in 34.4 percent […]

Monitoring a potential government shutdown

President Schulz posted the following statement on the potential for a shutdown of the federal government. If you need more information on how this may impact your federally funded research, please contact the Office of Research. If you have any other questions, please contact the Office of Federal Relations. [twitter url=”″ /] “As you may […]

State revenues projected to continue growth trajectory

In their quarterly revenue review this morning, the state Economic and Revenue Forecast Council adopted a forecast that anticipates a $664 million increase to the state’s current 2023-25 biennial budget. This September forecast now projects the state’s total budget to be at $66.7 billion. The forecast for the upcoming 2025-27 biennium also saw an increase […]