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Washington universities want $198 million raise

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SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state universities are banding together to send a message to Olympia. They want $198 million more from the state to help them improve student access to high demand fields.

In a request sent out a few days before the governor announces his plan for the next two-year budget cycle, the six public colleges and universities are also asking for another two years without tuition increases.

In a statement Thursday, the universities say the state should not meet the needs of K-12 students at the expense of preschool and college students.

Gov. Jay Inslee plans to announce his education budget plans on Monday evening at a statewide online town hall. Residents can participate in person in Bellevue, Moses Lake, Spokane and Tacoma from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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