Tax collections still on target

State revenue collections for the month ending November 10 indicate that September’s quarterly forecasted collections remain on target, with a new forecast due out tomorrow. A new report released yesterday indicates that since September, General Fund-State revenue collections are now cumulatively $31.0 million or 1.4 percent higher than expected. Chief economist and executive director of […]

Election 2012: Now What

Update on the Results of the Election from Glynda Becker, Director of Federal Relations The election is finally behind us and it brought little change to Washington DC. Congratulations to President Obama and his team on re-election and to Senator Maria Cantwell and our Congressional Delegation up for re-election! Democrats maintained and grew their majority […]

WSU endowment to honor Sam Reed’s 45 years of public service

Washington State University’s College of Arts and Sciences will establish an endowment to fund The Sam Reed Distinguished Professorship in Civic Education and Public Civility in honor of Reed’s distinguished record of public service. You can find the press release from the WSU News Center here. Reed, a WSU alum and perhaps the best known […]

Hurricane Sandy Closes Federal Government

Hurricane Sandy is rolling into the mid-Atlantic as we type. In preparation for the storm, the DC and Federal Governments and just about all local schools and Universities were closed today and likely will be closed tomorrow.  Despite the storm and closures, Washington State University Federal Relations staff are still available. Due to the storm […]

WSU seeks expansion in Everett through more course offerings

WSU is seeking to expand its presence at the University Center of North Puget Sound, located in Everett, by adding enrollments in electrical engineering, hospitality business management and communications through a $2 million operating budget request to the state. The Everett Herald published an article this morning outlining the vision of this expansion for WSU […]

Tax collections appear to climb

A new report this week indicates tax collections climbed $36.6 million, or 3.4 percent, more than expected during the past month but it’s likely a mirage. The report from the state’s Economic and Revenue Forecast Council, found here, indicates most of the growth is due simply to the timing of tax collections and will be […]

Minority enrollment surging at WSU, lawmakers told

John Fraire, WSU’s vice president of Student Affairs and Enrollment, told the House Higher Education Committee this morning that university enrollment will continue to climb with a focus on reaching underserved populations. This fall’s incoming freshman class of 4,079 fell just short of last year’s record of 4,176 with both easily eclipsing the previous record […]

Looking back on two years of tuition setting authority

Washington’s public four-year baccalaureate institutions have each had two chances to exercise their tuition setting authority as provided under 2011’s House Bill 1795. So what’s the impact been so far? As outlined this week to the House Education Approprations Committee by Paul Francis from the Council of Presidents, tuition setting authority has not only not […]

Revenue forecast shows modest increase

The latest quarterly revenue forecast of state tax collections projects a slight increase in expected collections for the current budget cycle as well as the next two-year budget cycle, compared to the previous quarterly forecast in June. The Economic and Revenue Forecast Council released the September quarterly report yesterday projecting an increase of $29 million […]

Tax collections holding steady

State revenues are as flat as flat can be with a new quarterly forecast due out next week. A new report Tuesday indicates that collections for the month ending Sept. 10 were just $1.1 million below expectations. Total tax collections since the last quarterly forecast are $20.8 million above expectations. That’s six-tenths of 1 percent. […]