Here’s a wild and crazy thought: Before Senate Republicans baked potentially damaging ideas into the state’s higher education budget, maybe they should have talked to the people managing our universities and colleges, the Bellingham Herald reports. The Senate budget proposal released last week included a 20 percent surcharge on the tuition paid by international students. The Republican-controlled Senate said it would raise $60 million in new revenue over two years. But how do they know? They apparently didn’t ask anybody over at the University of Washington, where most of the state’s international students enroll. UW officials immediately reacted, saying the increase would make the university noncompetitive and drive students from Pacific Rim nations to other states. That would result in a loss of revenue, not an increase.
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