Lt. Governor Habib is focused on creating high-impact programs in three critical issue areas:
Upon Habib’s inauguration on January 11, 2017, the Office of the Lt. Governor began immediately developing initiatives aimed at addressing the above topics, working to increase accessibility around these issues in particular.
Equal access to a high-quality education is more critical now than ever before. With a rapidly evolving economy and a growing dependence on technology, education—specifically higher education—is key to achieving security and prosperity.
“College is the most reliable pathway to the middle class.”
As part of his commitment to expanding access to higher education, in March, the Lieutenant Governor joined the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and generous nonprofit and private sector leaders in announcing that the public-private AP Access Fund partnership reached its goal of providing Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams to low-income students, free of charge. Thanks to the generosity of Microsoft, the Schultz Family Foundation, Boeing, and nearly a dozen other donors, and with the support of Superintendent Chris Reykdal, the College Success Foundation, and Challenge Seattle, Washington is now able to dedicate nearly a million dollars of public and private money to guarantee access to college credits for each of these 15,000 hard-working students.
Habib’s own reliance on state services as a child growing up in Washington—such as the Washington State School for the Blind and the Washington Talking Book and Braille Library—reinforced his belief in the necessity of a robust social safety net. This belief drove him to enter public service and work to spearhead the expansion of essential tools and resources available to all Washingtonians, including underserved populations, such as veterans and people with disabilities.
“The reality is, these are our community members, these are our family members, these are our friends. We need to view them not as federal citizens, but Washington state citizens.”
The Office of the Lt. Governor is working every day to assist servicemembers in the transition to civilian life, and provide additional ways to access opportunity for people with disabilities. It is the right of every Washingtonian achieve prosperity and success.
Other programs and initiatives are currently in development. Please stay tuned for forthcoming announcements.