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Olympia update: Legislators negotiate compromise
April 14, 2009

The Legislature is now moving into a critical phase as budget writers are negotiating the differences between House and Senate budget versions with just 13 days of session remaining.

 

Never have the stakes been higher than in the budget discussions. Legislative leaders are talking now to resolve a $47.4 million difference between the House and Senate budgets for just Washington State University. The House budget (Substitute House Bill 1244) cuts 29 percent of state funding from WSU or $151.4 million. The Senate budget (Senate Bill 5600) reduces the WSU state budget by 20 percent or about $104 million.

 

WSU announced today that … » More …

Washington home sales tumble
February 14, 2008

PULLMAN – The housing market in Washington looked a bit more like national reports during the closing months of 2007, according to statistics prepared by the Washington Center for Real Estate Research at WSU.

Homes sold during the quarter at an annual rate of 99,120 units statewide, a level 13.7 percent lower than the previous quarter and 25.6 percent below a year earlier.

“This was the first quarter with a seasonally adjusted annual sales rate below 100,000 units since the first quarter of 1998,” said Glenn Crellin, WCRER director.

When the entire year 2007 was summarized, a total of 120,760 resale housing transaction … » More …

House built for bugs; grand opening slated
March 22, 2007

PUYALLUP — Why would anyone intentionally build a new house with deck posts in contact with soil, improperly installed window flashings, a leaking toilet and attic insulation running right up to ventilation holes?The answer is to provide the first hands-on training facility in the western United States for structural pest inspectors where they can actually see the real-world conditions that invite pest infestations.A grand opening celebration will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, April 9, for the new Structural Pest Research and Demonstration Facility located at the Washington State University Puyallup Research and Extension Center at 7612 Pioneer Way East in Puyallup.While similar facilities have … » More …

House committee pushes out proposed operating budget
March 21, 2007

The state House Appropriations Committee released its proposed House operating budget on Tuesday, March 20.  The budget provides significant new funding for health care education, agricultural research, math and science education, and bio-products technology. The House budget addresses most of the priorities contained in the WSU budget request.  Overall this proposal is similar to the recommendations Gov. Chris Gregoire made in December, with the following differences: * Unified Agricultural Initiative saw increased funding. The House provides $9.5 million compared to $3 million in the governor’s budget.  * State buy-down of tuition increases. The governor has proposed tuition increases of 7 percent per year for research universities. The House … » More …

Proposed House capital budget earmarks $180.6M for WSU
March 20, 2007

The House Capital Budget Committee released its proposed 2007-2009 biennial budget on Monday, March 19, targeting $180.6 million to Washington State University — a record for the university. The budget closely parallels recommendations made in December by Gov. Chris Gregoire.  Both budget proposals would provide funding for WSU to complete the Pullman Life Sciences Building, extend the life of existing older structures, protect the lives of students and employees, provide for vital infrastructure and build a needed classroom building for the burgeoning Vancouver campus. In addition, the House budget would fund design of a Vancouver Applied Technology Classroom Building.Here are a few of the details.* Pullman … » More …

House budget omits biotechnology building
February 22, 2006

WSU’s top legislative priority, a request for authorization to fund and build a $63 million Biotechnology/Life Sciences Building at its Pullman campus, was excluded from the House Capital Budget Committee’s proposed budget which was released on Tuesday.The House’s operating budget, however, proposes funding for numerous items, including high-demand enrollment, increasing energy costs and development of WSU Tri-Cities. Briefly, WSU seeks authority to use the state treasurer to issue Certificates of Participation (COP) bonds to construct a life sciences research laboratory and instructional facility in Pullman. The bonds would be paid for through proceeds from the university’s Land Grant fund. That takes the building out of … » More …

Solar home moving to Washington D.C.
September 21, 2005

A group of WSU students enrolled in architecture, construction management, interior design and engineering programs are disassembling their homemade solar home for its trip on flatbed trucks to Washington D.C. Set to depart Friday, Sept. 23, the home will be on display as part of a solar village—part of the national Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon competition starting Oct. 7 on the National Mall. Participants were required to design and build a 500-800 square-foot house with all the modern conveniences powered by solar energy, including heating and air conditioning, refrigeration, hot water, lighting, appliances and communications. The homes are judged on their energy production, efficiency … » More …

House’s proposed operating budget friendlier
April 7, 2005

House Appropriations Committee chair Helen Sommers released her version of the operating budget on Wednesday, April 6. The House budget is much friendlier to higher education and Washington State University than the Senate budget. The House proposal would provide WSU with $19 million more funding than the Senate. It is also better than the budgets proposed by either Governor Locke or Governor Gregoire.Operating BudgetThe House budget has no budget cuts.  The Senate budget cuts WSU’s base budget by $2.1 million.  The House budget has no tuition offsets. The Senate budget would cut state funds by $14.6 million to offset half of the additional tuition students … » More …

Historic Mount Vernon house takes on new role with WSU
June 15, 2004

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — Allan Osberg’s grandparents passed away before he was born, but he has always considered their 1914 farmhouse west of Mount Vernon to be part of his family heritage.Today the refurbished historic house is taking on a new role in the agricultural heritage of Skagit County, thanks to Osberg’s generosity and the efforts of Skagitonians to Preserve Farmlands, the Skagit Valley Farm Bureau and Washington State University.The Olson Heritage House was officially dedicated here Saturday (June 12) in ceremonies at WSU’s Northwest Washington Research and Extension Center in Mount Vernon. The remodeled farmhouse will provide housing for research graduate students and … » More …