House Democrats in the Washington Legislature released their budget proposal today, and it includes $8 million allocated to starting a WSU medical school on the WSU Spokane campus.
This is a good step forward in creating a WSU medical school to meet the needs of prospective students who want to go to medical school in Washington, and the rural and underserved areas.
It is just the first step in the budget process, and Republicans in the Senate are expected to release their budget proposal in the coming days. Then, the two sides will begin negotiations with the hope of finalizing a budget by April 26, the scheduled end of the legislative session. There is always, however, the possibility the legislature goes into a special session beyond April 26.