The expansion comes as the COVID-19 pandemic threatens financial and food security for thousands of students.

Gov. Jay Inslee and Trudi Inslee visit Pierce College, one of the institutions whose students may benefit from the expansion.
Gov. Jay Inslee and Trudi Inslee visit Pierce College, one of the institutions whose students may benefit from the expansion.
Gov. Jay Inslee and Trudi Inslee meet Pierce College students February 3, 2020 (image courtesy of the Office of the Governor).

For thousands of students enrolled in Washington’s community and technical colleges, it’s not just homework and studying they worry about. For them, it’s more basic: they need help paying for things like food, school supplies, books, child care and housing. Now, more help is here.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently approved Washington’s proposal to allow low-income students in a wider range of certificate, degree and industry-recognized programs to receive food assistance through the state’s Basic Food Employment and Training Program, or BFET, provided they meet all the other eligibility criteria. …

Washington manufacturers and other businesses have proven they can adapt quickly, with hundreds responding to Gov. Jay Inslee’s call to support the state’s response to COVID-19. During this pandemic, Washington companies have found ways to collaborate and change their production lines to churn out products that were not a part of their core business.

“We need to seize our own destiny,” Inslee said at a news conference earlier this year. “Now, it is time for us to turn to our manufacturing community for the equipment we need in this fight in this war.”

Photo courtesy of the state Department of Enterprise Services.

Inslee urged manufacturers to shift their operations to make things like surgical masks, swab tests, saline solution, vials, N95 masks, gloves, surgical gowns and face shields. That shift has happened — and a lot more — showcasing the innovative manufacturing agility in Washington state. …

September 14, 2020

The Honorable Donald J. Trump
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20500

Mr. President,

I hope you had an enlightening trip to the West Coast, where your refusal to address climate change — and your active steps to enable even more carbon pollution — will accelerate devastating wildfires like those you’re seeing today. I implore you to recognize the science behind this destruction and stop your path of distortion and deception.

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Malden, WA after a wildfire burned down 80% of the town’s buildings.

Rapid climate change driven by human activity has created a fusion of natural risk and man-made catalysts to accelerate these unnatural disasters. Study after study confirm the close connection between climate change and intensifying wildfires. Your reckless statements that climate change is a hoax and your gutting of environmental policies benefit no one but fossil fuel companies. …


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