The state Senate released a bipartisan capital-budget proposal yesterday for 2015-17 which builds over 2,100 classrooms, fully fund 80 parks and trails, and devotes $60 million to local-government infrastructure projects statewide. The $3.9 billion plan would fund the acquisition, construction and maintenance of capital assets across Washington – such as schools and projects with recreational and economic-development value.
“I’m glad to support this strong bipartisan proposal to invest in our state and community’s future. We are putting valuable resources into building vital infrastructure for students, protecting natural resources and creating jobs. We are also addressing needed mental health issues and putting nearly $30 million to increase access to community behavioral health beds,” said O’Ban.
Significant projects, totaling $99,305,000, for the 28th district include investments for local government such as $1 million for the Chamber Creek Regional Park Pier, $450,000 for the Steilacoom Sentinel Way repairs, and $83,000 for Jacob’s Point on Anderson Island. About $9.5 million will fund preservation programs for the Military Department, 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.
The Capital Budget proposed by the Senate also makes significant investments toward conservation efforts with $4 million to improve shellfish growing areas and an additional $4 million for natural resources investments tied to economic growth. The areas community and technical colleges also receive just over $5 million for facility repairs, minor works and preservation.
You can click here to view a list of projects and locations that are funded in the Senate’s proposed capital budget.
With $254 million more directed to public schools than the House proposal, the Senate plan seeks to support student-achievement efforts by building additional classrooms, the largest chunk being aimed at kindergarten through third grade.
“The operating budget we approved invests in quality teachers for kindergarten through 3rd graders and this capital budget works in concert with your priorities, investing nearly $1 billion over the next six years to build over 2,100 classrooms.”
All public-works-board list projects are funded through the Senate proposal, which supports local infrastructure and provides family-wage construction jobs.
“This is a plan that gets people working and drives our economy. 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.
The legislation will be a striking amendment to Engrossed House Bill 1115 which received a public hearing yesterday in the Senate Ways and Means Committee.