Government Relations

WWU alumna Nora Selander has been hired as the new director of Government Relations at Western Washington University.

Selander replaces Becca Kenna-Schenk, who became the Chief of Staff to WWU President Sabah Randhawa last fall.

“This university is an incredibly special place,…

On Tuesday the Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council released quarterly projections for state revenues, showing an increase of $432 million in the state’s near general fund for the 2019-21 biennium, which begins on July 1st. According to the Forecast Council, legislation passed…

Editor’s Note: After each Board of Trustees meeting, Western Today provides a recap of decisions and discussion.

 

Trustees Hear Update on Diversity Taskforce Strategic Plan

Western’s Board of Trustees on Dec. 11 heard a presentation on the…

Nearly five months after passing the biennial operating and capital budgets, the Legislature convened in Olympia last week for Committee Days, and Western was invited to participate in multiple events.

Although the Legislature formally begins the legislative session on the second Monday…

Late Tuesday night, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed the 2015-17 operating and capital budgets, averting a partial shutdown of state government that would have begun in July. This occurred after the House of Representatives and the Senate voted to approve the budgets, which were finalized…

[ Editor's note: This article was first published on the Western Legislative Review website. ]

Olympia has been buzzing during the past week due to the House of Representatives releasing their operating and capital budget proposals on March 27, and the Senate releasing their…

[ Editor's note: This article was first published on the Western Legislative Review website. ]

We are just past the halfway mark of the 2015 regular legislative session, as today is day 66 of the 105-day session. Wednesday of last week was the cutoff for legislation not necessary to…

Curious about what's going on down in Olympia during the legislative session? Here's an excerpt from the latest Western Legislative Review blog post from Feb. 12:

"Over the past few weeks, the House and Senate Higher Education committees have received…

A former journalist who has helped secure her institution multiple increases in state aid and a dynamic consensus builder who advocated on behalf of two public institutions for more than three decades are recipients of the 2014 Service Awards in State Government Relations.

Sherry Burkey, associate vice president and director of Government Relations for Western’s Office of University Relations and Community Development, has been selected to receive the Marvin D. “Swede” Johnson Award from the Council for Advancement and Support for Education.

“Over the…

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