What if we shut down?
This is the question on everybody's mind right now. It's no secret that at both the Federal and state levels, our legislators' inability to compromise on matters of basic governance, like creating a budget, is par for the course these days. We know that we'll pay some kind of price for their intransigence. But what does that mean, exactly?
The WA Office of Financial Management has put together this chart that explains how individual government agencies will fare in the case of a state government shutdown. The University of Washington, it seems, will not shut down - at least, we won't come to a screeching halt. Apparently we can "continue operations from non-appropriated accounts." "Non-appropriated" monies account for 97% of the University's budget, which seems like not getting that 3% wouldn't be a big deal - until you consider that the 3% in question funds a large chunk of the instructional function of the University, as well as the State Need Grant for undergraduates. If budget negotiations are drawn out, there is a chance that fall quarter financial aid dispersements could be in jeopardy - not exactly creating confidence in students, especially incoming students.