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Inslee signs measure cutting tuition

Surrounded by children, Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday signed bills to help kids on both ends of the education spectrum: a comprehensive new early learning bill and a measure that will cut college and university tuition.

The Early Start Act makes the state's quality-rating system…

Not all college debt is bad, study says

College debt has gotten a bad name in recent years, fueled by headline-grabbing stories about broke college graduates who owe hundreds of thousands of dollars in student loans.

But not all student loans are inherently bad, the left-leaning Center for American Progress (CAP) argues in a…

Western Legislative Review: Overview of 2015 session 2015-07-02
New budget includes tuition cut, staff pay increases 2015-07-02
Gov. Inslee signs new state budget to avert government shutdown

State agencies stayed open Wednesday and government officials took steps to make amends with the state Supreme Court – those were two of the main accomplishments of the new two-year operating budget that Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law late Tuesday evening.

Washington Legislature passes $38.2 billion state budget

The Washington Legislature has approved a $38.2 billion two-year state operating budget, taking swift action Monday night to avoid a government shutdown.

The House passed the plan on a 90-8 vote just hours after the Senate passed it on a 38-10 vote. The bill now goes to the governor.

30 Cheapest Online Colleges with Quality Programs for 2015

College education is a need for today’s competitive job industry. Thousands of students are currently enrolled in college, pursuing their academic goals, and preparing for their dream career ahead. But being able to pay for college is not easy and may not be for everyone. Unfortunately, the cost…

Gov. Inslee orders state budget negotiations in his office

Gov. Jay Inslee has ordered a second special legislative session to convene Friday and told lawmakers working on the state's more than $38 billion two-year operating budget he wants them to move their negotiations to his office, starting Monday morning.

Freeze or cut college tuition, but make up for lost revenue

Parents of kindergartners might already be panicking when they consider how much sending that child to college will cost, with good reason: Tuition at Washington’s four-year state schools shot up 37 percent in the last five years, from an average of $6,400 in 2010-11 to $8,778 in the current…

GOP plan to cut college tuition by 25% wins praise; others cautious

With Republicans in the state Senate proposing to cut tuition by about 25 percent at state universities and permanently tie tuition to the state’s average wage, the reaction ranged from enthusiastic to cautious.

Republicans, who released their budget Tuesday, said it would be the first…

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