Making College Affordable

Bailey student financial-education bill signed by governor

Published on May 08, 2017
Another of Sen. Barbara Bailey’s efforts to increase transparency for college students was endorsed by the governor today when he signed Senate Bill 5100. The new law, which takes effect July 22, will direct colleges and universities to make financial-education workshops available to students by the 2017-18 school year. “Understanding higher education financing is critical... Read More

O’Ban budget amendment aids future of UW Tacoma

Published on March 24, 2017
Last night, the Senate Operating budget was amended to include a $400,000 appropriation for the University of Washington Tacoma branch.   The amendment, offered by Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-University Place, ensures the expansion of the UW Tacoma law school by investing in a pre-law program to pave the way for the new graduate program.  “The law... Read More

Tuition cuts for moms, dads, & their grads

Published on June 28, 2016
Tuition cuts in Washington buck a national trend We proved that more taxes were not required to reduce college tuition or improve education funding. Our budget funded a second round of tuition cuts for Washington state colleges and universities. No other state in the nation has seen tuition costs go down, meaning Washington is the leading... Read More

Bailey “Degree in Three” work group legislation approved by Senate

Published on February 12, 2016
Late Thursday evening the state Senate approved Sen. Barbara Bailey’s legislation aimed at reducing the time Washington’s college students need to earn a degree. Senate Bill 6626 establishes a work group aimed at helping students earn their bachelor’s degree in three years. The measure was approved unanimously and now moves to the House of Representatives... Read More

Bailey introduces “Degree in Three” work group legislation

Published on February 02, 2016
Leading the way on college access and affordability, Sen. Barbara Bailey, chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee, is exploring creative ways to help Washington college students achieve their higher education goals faster. Senate Bill 6626, establishes a work group that includes representatives from state regional universities to develop best practices aimed at promoting bachelor’s... Read More

Senate majority makes college more affordable with historic tuition cuts

Published on July 27, 2015
Senate Majority leader Mark Schoesler recaps the news coverage of an historic session: ‘Historic’ tuition cut sets state apart from rest of U.S. Seattle Times, June 13, 2015 Washington’s move isn’t well-known elsewhere in the country, but some say it could spur other states to think about cuts. “I don’t know how widely known this proposal... Read More

Historic tuition reduction makes college more affordable for working families

Published on July 08, 2015
In the final days of the 2015 legislative session, Senate budget negotiators fought to include working-family tax relief in the form of a nationally unprecedented college-tuition reduction. Today the governor signed Senate Bill 5954, known as the College Affordability Program, which cuts tuition at state-run colleges and universities by up to 20 percent and caps... Read More

Bailey veteran-education bill clears Legislature

Published on June 30, 2015
20,000 veterans retain G.I. Bill benefits at state colleges For the second straight year Sen. Barbara Bailey has made sure state lawmakers came through for veterans looking to use their military benefits to attend college. The state House of Representatives today passed Senate Bill 5355, Bailey’s bill to allow continued use of G.I. Bill benefits... Read More

Bailey, Senate continue to stand up for veterans

Published on June 28, 2015
Legislation passed for fourth time would protect educational benefits On the first day of the Legislature’s third special session the Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 5355, to ensure military veterans will retain the use of their G.I. Bill benefits in the state. The bill is sponsored by Sen. Barbara Bailey, who chairs the Senate Higher... Read More

Latest House Democrat budget damaging to higher education, says Bailey

Published on June 23, 2015
House Democrats unveiled their latest budget proposal Monday that would make significant reductions to higher education funding compared to the Senate’s budget proposal. Included in those reductions are resulting increases in tuition during the second year of the budget cycle and a decrease of $150 million in spending for colleges and universities over their June... Read More

Treasurer’s letter on GET puzzling, says Bailey

Published on June 12, 2015
Efforts to derail tuition cuts concerns higher education chair A cornerstone of the Senate’s budget proposals has been working family tax-relief in the form of cutting college tuition at state-run colleges and universities by an average of 25 percent. The Senate introduced and passed Senate Bill 5954, known as the College Affordability Program (CAP) which... Read More

Tuition-cap bill approved by Senate

Published on April 29, 2015
College affordability one step closer for Washington Families The Senate Majority’s College Affordability Program, Senate Bill 5954 passed with bipartisan support but surprising opposition from half of Senate Democrats. The bill, sponsored by Deputy Majority Leader Sen. John Braun, R-Centralia, and chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee, Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor would reduce... Read More

Why I support the College Affordability Program

Published on April 13, 2015
Students say why they support the Senate Majority’s plan to reduce tuition. Read More

Senate tuition-cut proposal good for families and GET program

Published on April 10, 2015
After Sen. John Braun introduced legislation to cut tuition at state colleges and universities some questions arose regarding the bill’s effects on Washington State’s Guaranteed Education Tuition program. Opponents of the proposal have erroneously stated the measure would reduce the value of credits already purchased through the state GET program. “I understand the concerns that... Read More

Tuition-cap bill approved by Senate

Published on March 11, 2015
College affordability one step closer for Washington Families The Senate Majority’s College Affordability Program, Senate Bill 5954 passed with bipartisan support but surprising opposition from half of Senate Democrats. The bill, sponsored by Deputy Majority Leader Sen. John Braun, R-Centralia, and chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee, Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor would reduce... Read More

College Affordability Program clears higher-education committee

Published on February 20, 2015
Senate Bill 5954, known as the Senate majority’s College Affordability Program, won approval today from the Senate Higher Education Committee. The proposal is sponsored by Sen. Barbara Bailey, who chairs the committee; it would reduce college tuition by as much as 30 percent at the state’s research institutions and cap tuition to a percentage of... Read More

Braun tuition-cap bill clears higher- education committee

Published on February 20, 2015
Washington Education Association opposes tuition cuts for students Senate Bill 5954, known as the Senate majority’s College Affordability Program, moved quickly through the Senate Higher Education Committee this week. The bill, sponsored by Sen. John Braun, R-Centralia, received a public hearing Tuesday and was passed by the committee today. It would reduce tuition by as... Read More

College Affordability Press Conference

Published on February 17, 2015

Bailey, Braun propose program to make college affordable

Published on February 12, 2015
Today Sen. Barbara Bailey, chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee and Sen. John Braun, deputy Senate majority leader, announced a sensible new approach for making college affordable. Senate Bill 5954, the College Affordability Program, would reduce tuition by approximately 30 percent at the University of Washington and Washington State University, the state’s public-research institutions.... Read More

Bailey, Braun propose program to make college affordable

Published on February 12, 2015
Today Sen. Barbara Bailey, chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee and Sen. John Braun, deputy Senate majority leader, announced a sensible new approach for making college affordable. Senate Bill 5954, the College Affordability Program, would reduce tuition by approximately 30 percent at the University of Washington and Washington State University, the state’s public-research institutions.... Read More

College Affordability Program

Published on February 12, 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY: Sens. Bailey and Braun announce major revamp to college tuition

Published on February 11, 2015
OLYMPIA… Students will join chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee, Sen. Barbara Bailey and Deputy Majority Leader, Sen. John Braun to unveil a new plan for higher education affordability in a news conference Thursday, Feb. 12.   Date:               Thursday, Feb. 12 at 12:45 p.m. Locations:      Senate Hearing Room 2, John A. Cherberg Bldg. Read More

NEWS: State not producing enough graduates in high-tech fields

Published on June 10, 2014
State not producing enough graduates in high-tech fields Click here to visit KING 5’s web site to see the full story. Read More

Hill’s budget stopped tuition hikes; earlier increases second highest in country since 2008

Published on May 13, 2014
Washington’s public college and university students faced the second highest tuition increase in the country since the 2008 economic recession according to a new study. After becoming the Senate’s chief budget writer in 2013, Sen. Andy Hill stopped that trend by sponsoring and earning approval for budgets that froze tuition rates for two consecutive years,... Read More

Bipartisan Supplemental Budget Proposal

Published on March 03, 2014
Last Wednesday the Senate overwhelmingly approved a supplemental budget proposal that is projected to balance over four years and prioritizes education without raising taxes. Since this is the first time in six years that we have entered session without a budget deficit hanging over our heads, we were able to propose a true supplemental budget.... Read More

Operating budget and education discussion on TVW

Published on January 21, 2013

Catch a higher-education discussion on ‘Inside Olympia’

Published on May 09, 2012
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to appear on “Inside Olympia,” which is a weekly interview show on TVW, our state’s version of C-SPAN. The segment focused on higher-education spending and policy, and the effect of this year’s legislative sessions. Host Austin Jenkins had some great questions for Sen. Rodney Tom and me,... Read More

Irresponsible budgets hurt education

Published on March 19, 2012
Last week I authored an op-ed with three of my Senate colleagues, which was made available to the local “Reporter” newspapers in each of the districts we represent. In case you hadn’t come across it yet, the piece is included below. – Andy Irresponsible budgets hurt education By Sens. Joe Fain, Andy Hill, Steve Litzow... Read More

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