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House budget omits biotechnology building

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 …