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July 2, 2008 2:59 PM

Is the Washington Legislature investing enough in higher education?

Posted by Kate Riley

Hello, Seattle Times political caucus,

In recent years, the state has steadily reduced its contribution to the cost of higher education instruction at the state's six four-year universities and, to a lesser extent, the community colleges. In the 1989-90 biennium, the state paid about 82 percent of the cost of instruction. In the current biennium, it will pay about 51 percent with student tuition making up the difference.

The effects have been higher tuition for students ­­-- along with some increase in financial aid. But as the state struggles with difficult budgets, higher education increasingly takes a backseat in state budget prioritization, while opponents of the trend argue that state investment in higher education is an excellent investment in the state's economy.

Seattle Times reporter Nick Perry described this issue in a May 1 story..

So what do you think? Please vote in the poll and add your comments to this post.

Thank you.

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July 2, 2008 1:00 AM

Commuters unite!

Posted by Lynne Varner

Whether you get around via Hummer or Doc Martens, a united front is needed to further long-term solutions to a problem that will be with us for the long-term: $5 bucks a gallon gas.

Some people think the response to rising gas prices is to pack up and move next door to one's office. Walk to work, grocery store and the library, urban enthusiasts say. Unrealistic however. People will continue to move where it is affordable, often outside the city. Policy must respond to these choices, not punish them. Hear more on this topic in my podcast. Please click below:

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