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Resolution 8223

Election Results

Option Votes Pct
Rejected 1,490,875 56.11%
Approved 1,165,968 43.89%

* Race percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.

About The Measure

Senate Joint Resolution 8223 would change the constitution, which generally bars the investment of state funds in stocks, bonds or private companies although there are exceptions for some categories such as state employees’ pension funds and the workers compensation insurance funds. This would add a new exception, allowing Washington State University and the University of Washington to invest in private funds the Legislature will specify. Supporters say well-managed investments will provide money that doesn’t come from tax revenue, at a time when the state has cut funding and courses have been limited. Opponents say there aren’t enough safeguards to limit how much the universities can invest, will allow the schools to make risky investments rather than spending the money on student programs.

Should this constitutional amendment be Approved or Rejected?