OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The Washington State Attorney Generals office says lawmakers may want to vote again on whether the state's public universities can set their own tuition rates.
The informal opinion was mailed Wednesday by Deputy Solicitor General Jeffery Even, it's in response to a question from state Sen. Pam Roach. The opinion concludes that voter approval of Initiative 1185 on tax and fee increases applies to tuition, which is considered a fee.
In 2011, the State Legislature gave the state's four-year schools the authority to set tuition. The double-digit tuition increases have nearly doubled tuition at Washington schools over the last five years.
The tax-limiting initiative was sponsored by Tim Eyeman, who applauds the opinion. Eyeman says he hopes the Legislature won't decide to vote again to let the universities set their own tuition rates.