O’Ban advocates for important investments in Pierce County in the capital budget, passed today

The Legislature adopted a bipartisan capital-budget proposal late Tuesday evening which provides significant investments in local infrastructure and community projects. Similar to the proposal released during the 2015 regular session, the capital budget builds over 2,100 classrooms, funds 80 parks statewide, including nearly $107 million for the Senator O’Ban’s communities in the 28th District.

“The state capital budget does great things for Pierce County communities,” said Sen. Steve O’Ban- Pierce County. “We successfully obtained funds two years ago to remove the old dock at Chambers Bay and now I am gratified that we were successful in obtaining additional funding in this budget to build a new dock. We’ve seen how impactful investing in local infrastructure and recreation is with the recent world-wide attention to our region during the U.S. Open.”

Significant projects for the 28th district include investments for local government such as $1.75 million for the Chamber Creek Regional Pak Pier, $450,000 for the Steilacoom Sentinel Way repairs, $83,000 for Jacob’s Point on Anderson Island, and $360,000 for Waughop Lake Trail at Fort Steilacoom Park. Nearly $50 million will be invested in mental health projects including patient safety improvements at Western State Hospital and a host of renovations and new facilities.

“We are putting over $50 million toward improvements at Western State Hospital, a significant employer and part of our community. This budget provides needed resources to improve safety and infrastructure at this facility of statewide significance,” said O’Ban.

“The capital budget is a major creator of construction jobs, which are critical to strengthening our middle-class and will benefit the people and future of our district,” said O’Ban. “This is a plan that gets people working and drives our economy while investing in our future.”