Office of Government Relations
As a former staff member in the State Senate, Director of Government Relations Jeremy Mohn knows the value of building relationships with members of our state legislature.
During legislative session, he and President Bridges meet with Members in their offices at the Capitol.
Outside of session, they not only meet with Members in their home districts, but also by inviting them to campus to meet Evergreen faculty, staff, and students.
It is vital for state legislators to hear Evergreen stories and understand the value of an Evergreen education.
Welcome to the end of week 4 of session!
President Bridges and I took meetings with two legislators this week who have new roles within the Senate Democratic Caucus (SDC). Senator Mark Mullet is the SDC’s Leadership Liaison to Small Business, and Senator Derek Stanford is Leadership Liaison to Tribes. We brought our campus’ subject-matter experts along with us to discuss our dynamic commitment to entrepreneurship and Indigenous offerings, and offered our experience and expertise to them in their work ahead.
We are two weeks into the 2021 Legislative Session, and adapting to what it means to conduct the people’s business virtually. There are fewer higher education bills so far this year, but I am tracking a few key pieces of legislation that would impact Evergreen:
Governor Jay Inslee has announced his proposed $57.6 billion 2021–2023 budget ahead of the upcoming legislative session. Governor Inslee’s proposed budget is the first milestone in a long process that will culminate in April. Both the State Senate and House will propose their own budgets and lawmakers will negotiate a final deal. I will be there (virtually) every step of the way advocating for our students, staff, and faculty.
On November 12, State Senator Mona Das and State Representative Melanie Morgan joined Evergreen alumnae Representative-Elect Jessica Bateman, and Olympia City Council Member Dani Madrone, to discuss the 2020 elections and their priorities moving forward. Senator Das and Representative Morgan discussed the power of representation, and how priorities change when Women of Color are the the decision-making table. Representative-Elect Bateman and Council Member Madrone offered advice to students on how to be an effective advocate on behalf of the issues that matter to them.
Our 2021–2023 Capital Budget request puts student safety first with a focus on our Lab II and Seminar 1 buildings. An investment in our Infrastructure Master Plan will enable the college to implement projects that will lead to a more sustainable and cost-efficient utility infrastructure. We also have a series of minor works requests that will provide needed repairs and preventative maintenance all across campus.
In October, President Bridges and I met with eleven influential legislators. Below are some of the recent highlights.
Senator David Frockt (D – North Seattle)
As the Senate Ways & Means Committee’s Capital Budget Lead, our time with Senator Frockt was focused on Evergreen's 2021 – 2023 Capital Budget Requests.