ICYMI: Inslee and Western leaders send letter to Congress requesting $1 trillion in state and local aid
In case you missed it: Gov. Jay Inslee, House Speaker Laurie Jinkins and Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig joined the governors and state legislative leaders of California, Colorado, Oregon and Nevada today in urging congressional leadership to dedicate $1 trillion in direct and flexible relief to states and local governments amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The letter reads, in part:
"Without federal support, states and cities will be forced to make impossible decisions - like whether to fund critical public healthcare that will help us recover, or prevent layoffs of teachers, police officers, firefighters and other first responders. And, without additional assistance, the very programs that will help people get back to work - like job training and help for small business owners - will be forced up on the chopping block.
"Red and blue states alike all are faced with the same COVID-19 math, as are Democratic and Republican mayors across our states. The moment requires unprecedented partnership from all of us - across every level of government and across party."
Read the full letter here.