Even as the two political parties in Washington’s state legislature are poles apart on the next two-year operating budget, they have come together unanimously to pass a Capital budget through the Senate.
And as it heads to the state House of Representatives, there are a number of local investments included in the funding package.
City of Lakewood will see some money to address property purchases near Joint Base Lewis-McChord, where businesses and buildings are encroaching on runway clear zones. “By purchasing this land, Lakewood will be in federal compliance and keep everyone in the surrounding area safe,” says Sen. Steve Conway, who represents south Tacoma and surrounding neighborhoods.
The Capital budget also has $33 million for Clover Park Technical College to construct a Center of Advanced Manufacturing Technologies and $3.1 million to begin planning a new health sciences center at Bates Technical College.
Overall statewide, the plan includes $1.1 billion in school construction and public education, along with funding for creation of a park in Federickson and a new housing center for veterans in Orting near Puget Sound Veterans Hope Center.
A House committee had a hearing scheduled this afternoon to consider its proposed Capital budget.