Bill Expands Access to Higher Education

Lawmakers sent Governor Inslee a bill Thursday night that fine-tunes last year’s Workforce Education Investment Act to expand access to higher education. Dan Frizzell from the House Democratic Caucus has more.

With Washington employers scrambling to fill hundreds of thousands of job openings, lawmakers in Olympia last year passed a bill that expanded and fully funded the state need grant program. They renamed it the Washington College Grant, and it promised free or reduced public college tuition for lower- and middle-income students. Like any other bill that sweeping, supporters say, it needed tweaking after being on the books for a while. They did the necessary adjustment, eased the bite on smaller employers, and Thursday the state House gave the new version a thumbs-up and moved it to the governor’s office. House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan was a key supporter.

SULLIVAN: “This is the Workforce Investment Act, and the title really tells it all. We’re investing in our future workforce to ensure that our economy has the workers they need to continue to grow.”

Thursday was day 25 of the 60-day session, which adjourns for the year on March 12. In Olympia, Dan Frizzell.