Since budgets were proposed by the Washington state House Democrats and Senate Republicans, the finalization process has begun but some are concerned about the legislature’s idleness.
“Rather than negotiating the budget, they’re being briefed, so not actually making compromises and changes,” said Genesee Adkins, the UW director of state relations. “Because there’s a very, very high level of disagreement over both revenue and spending.”
The longer the legislature takes to decide on a budget, the less time the UW has to prepare. Without an operating budget, the UW can’t realistically decide how the university is going to function or know what money it can spend, according to Austin Wright-Pettibone, director of ASUW’s Office of Government Relations.