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April 12, 2018

Report of the Faculty Legislative Representative

JoAnn Taricani, Associate Professor, Music History The top priorities of our Faculty Senate this biennium were: (1) faculty compensation and (2) student financial aid and access. On these two points, we have made some progress in the supplemental budget. The supplemental budget adds $9 million for faculty and professional staff salaries, as one-time funding. The…


February 28, 2018

Report of the Faculty Legislative Representative

JoAnn Taricani, Associate Professor, Music History We are moving into the final few weeks of the 2018 legislative session, and have a better sense of what policy legislation is out of consideration, plus received supplemental budget proposals from the House and Senate in the past week, which I describe below. I had sent one update…


January 23, 2018

Report of the Faculty Legislative Representative

JoAnn Taricani, Music History January 25, 2018 I am pleased to provide an update on some legislation that has moved quickly, as well as a reminder of our priorities for the session.  There has been rapid action this week on the faculty regent bill, financial aid for health care graduates, and the capital budget for…


Olympia: legislative update

Dear colleagues: I am pleased to forward this report from our Faculty Legislative Representative, JoAnn Taricani, in advance of our January Faculty Senate meeting, because several pieces of legislation are moving forward quickly in Olympia, as she describes below. We are very grateful to her for tracking many pieces of legislation on a variety of…


November 30, 2017

Report of the Faculty Legislative Representative

JoAnn Taricani, Associate Professor, Music History November 30, 2017 Majorities for 2018 supplemental session: With the Democratic candidate winning the 45th District in the general election, the State Senate now has a Democratic majority. As I have noted several times last year, both the House and Senate have very slim majorities, meaning that just a…


October 24, 2017

Report of the Faculty Legislative Representative

Report of the Faculty Legislative Representative JoAnn Taricani, Associate Professor, Music History October 19, 2017, Faculty Senate Meeting Budgets, 2017-19 Final operating budget for 2017-19: presented and passed on June 30; reported to the Faculty Senate in a message on that date. The faculty salary increases of 6% over the biennium had been structured in…


March 9, 2017

Legislative update and town hall meetings

The House and Senate have just concluded the cutoff of the first half of the regular session this evening (Wednesday); all policy legislation must have passed either the House or Senate in order to continue to be in consideration. (Budget issues are exempted from this deadline.) Now, all policy bills that have survived go to…


February 24, 2017

Report of the Faculty Legislative Representative, March 2, 2017

JoAnn Taricani, Music History As I write this on February 23, the Legislature is moving toward the end of the first half of the session, at which point bills need to pass out of either the House or Senate, then move to the other side to begin consideration again in policy committees. Please see the…


January 26, 2017

Report of the legislative representative, January 26, 2017

2017 session:  The 2017 legislative session opened on January 9, with slim majorities in the House (Democratic) and Senate (Republican), as described in the December report to the Faculty Senate. 2017 is the session in which the budget for 2017-19 will be written, and there will be several major budget proposals offered by mid-April, when…


December 1, 2016

Report of the legislative representative, December 1, 2016

Majorities for 2017–19:  The current majorities of a Republican Senate and Democratic House will continue, and all legislative races have been finalized (certified later in December). The House majority will remain Democratic, with a 50-48 majority, and the Senate will remain Republican, with a 25-24 majority (one of the 25 is a Democrat who caucuses…



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