Legislature passes capital budget with support from local legislators

Legislators voted Thursday night to approve a $4 billion, two-year capital spending plan that includes funding for critical projects in the 25th Legislative District.

“These projects are a win for our district,” said Sen. Hans Zeiger, R-Puyallup. “We are making investments in our local environment, early childhood education and families in need. These will create jobs in our community.”

“Although it took longer than many of us had hoped, I’m glad we were able to pass the 2017-19 capital budget last night,” said Rep. Melanie Stambaugh, R-Puyallup. “The budget makes important investments in K-12 classrooms and our higher education system, increases mental health resources and expands housing options for our most vulnerable. It also provides more than $15 million for projects in the 25th District that I’m confident will make a positive and lasting difference in our communities.”

“The capital budget is money well spent for construction of vital infrastructure, including school buildings, parks and other important facilities. The citizens of our district send a lot of money to Olympia in the form of taxes. This is a way to get some of those dollars back home for the benefit of our communities and to provide jobs,” said Rep. Joyce McDonald, R-Puyallup.

Projects included in the new budget for the 25th Legislative District include:

  • $1.4 million for Step-By-Step Family Support Center;
  • $11.42 million for the Clarks Creek Hatchery rebuild;
  • $500,000 for the Puyallup Meeker Mansion Public Plaza;
  • $1.38 million for the Wesley Homes Bradley Park; and
  • $980,000 for Franklin Pierce Early Learning Center.

The capital budget, financed in large part by revenue bonds, is one of three state budgets. Broadly, the 2017-19 investments are geared toward education and toward helping people with mental illness. The level of support for building, renovating or modernizing K-12 facilities is historic, at more than $1 billion. Mental-health efforts receive $132 million, of which approximately $90 million will go toward community behavioral health projects.