Western Legislative Review
July 17, 2013: end of session
The Budget was signed into Law by Governor Inslee.
The 2013 Legislative Session began on January 14th, and was scheduled to last 105 days and end on April 28th. The original House and Senate budgets were far apart, and the road to reaching a compromise took not only the duration of the regular session, but also two special sessions. This past Saturday evening, following a largely bipartisan vote in both the House and Senate, the legislature adjourned Sine Die. The budget was signed in to law by Governor Inslee on Sunday.
Following several tough years for higher education, the final compromise budget this year was a big step forward for the students and families of Washington state. A significant reinvestment in higher education, and targeted investment in engineering and computer science will allow Western to continue building on our strengths to serve the needs of our state. Western extends a big thank you to the Senate, the House, and the Governor for their hard work this year in not only reaching an agreement in another challenging budget cycle, but for their recognition of higher education as a priority in moving Washington forward. Click to review the budget documents, and here are a few of the highlights for Western:
- 0% resident tuition increase for 2013-14
- Full maintenance level funding of $89,241,000
- Institutional funding enhancements of $10,460,000
- $2,995,000 for expansion of enrollments in Computer Science and Engineering
Following the release of the budget agreement, President Shepard praised the House and Senate for their reinvestment in higher education, and recognition of the strong contribution that Western can make in meeting the needs of Washington’s workforce.