PROVIDENCE-CENTRALIA HOSPITAL NAMED BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
FEDERAL GRANT EXPECTED TO HELP ROAD SAFETY IN CENTRALIA
LEWIS BUSINESSES GAIN INSIGHT IN CYBER SECURITY
CENTRALIA STATION GETS SUPPORT FROM STATE
LEWIS COUNTY PROJECTS GAIN STATE FINANCIAL SUPPORT
Abbarno, who serves as assistant ranking Republican on the House Capital Budget Committee, said this year’s supplemental capital budget reflects many of the priorities of the citizens he represents.
“This is a jobs budget that strengthens the bones of our communities. We invest millions in K-12 school construction, mental and behavioral health, housing, broadband and other infrastructure,” said Abbarno (R-Centralia). “I’m proud to be a part of this bipartisan effort that returns taxpayer money home to our district for important local projects that help create jobs, economic opportunities, and improve the quality of life for Washingtonians.”
Some statewide highlights include:
- $100 million for seismic safety retrofits to school buildings at high risk of severe earthquake damage;
- $60 million for grants to expand and add capacity for crisis triage and crisis stabilization facilities for adults, including $12 million for at least two residential crisis stabilization facilities for youth;
- $120 million for the Public Works Board to issue grants and loans to local governments for infrastructure projects;
- $100 million for broadband infrastructure grants;
- $40 million for the Community Economic Revitalization Board to assist local governments in financing economic development infrastructure improvements;
- $300 million for rapid capital housing acquisition for the quick conversion into shelters, permanent supportive housing, or transitional housing, including $60 million for the rapid, permanent supportive housing programs;
- $114.5 million for the Housing Trust Fund, including $25 million for projects benefitting first-time home buyers, and $16.4 million for specified projects;
- $9 million for grants to local governments and public utility districts to assist in the cost of utility connections for affordable housing projects; and
- $236 million for the Water Pollution Control Revolving Program to construct or improve water pollution control facilities and nonpoint source activities.
Local 20th District projects funded in the 2021-23 supplemental capital budget include:
- $6 million for a water system improvement project in Morton;
- $2 million for upgrades to the Lewis County Fire District #5 station and construction in Napavine;
- $875,000 for the Lewis County Regional Tennis and Wrestling facility in Chehalis;
- $750,000 for the Oakview Elementary School in the Centralia School District;
- $515,000 for a playground in Tenino;
- $515,000 for the Woodland Community Library Building project; and
- $155,000 for the North Trailhead restroom and covered shelter in Castle Rock.
“This construction budget will improve our communities, create economic opportunities, and puts people to work. It’s a great budget for our state and the 20th District,” said Abbarno.
Rep. Jim Walsh and Rep. Joel McEntire voted in favor of a strong, bipartisan supplemental capital budget spending plan that includes more than $4.1 million for the 19th District.
The $1.5 billion capital spending plan makes significant investments in K-12 school construction, mental health facilities, broadband, school seismic safety, public works, housing, and other long-term investments.
“Once again, our district has done well in Olympia’s capital budget process. The capital budget concentrates taxpayer money on infrastructure projects that you can see and touch. And some of the best of these projects are local, serving communities right here at home,” said Walsh, (R-Aberdeen). “It’s a pleasure working with Rep. Joel McEntire and Sen. Jeff Wilson, to make sure that the Nineteenth District gets as many of these good projects we can.”
McEntire, who serves as assistant ranking Republican on the House Capital Budget Committee, helped negotiate the capital spending plan.
“In a short session, it is rare to get several projects funded in any district,” said McEntire, (R-Cathlamet). “With our state having substantial revenues, we sought to see that as much of that revenue come back to the hard working tax payers of the Nineteenth District, and that is what we have done.”
The capital budget proposal contains a wide range projects for the 19th District, including:
- Veteran Housing and Resource Center (Raymond), $2.3 million;
- Wahkiakum School District facility accessibility needs, $515,000;
- Westport Marina gear yard (Westport), $412,000;
- Pacific County Fair Three M Project (Raymond), $412,000;
- Vandercook Park restroom (Longview), $309,000;
- Longview Senior Center roof and energy upgrades (Longview), $273,000;
- Community/Technical College system, minor works, $259,000;
- CHOB electrical upgrade to emergency shelter (Longview), $258,000;
- 5970 #1 Bridge Replacement, $250,000;
- Veteran Housing at Stratford Apartments (Longview), $206,000;
- 5973 Bridge Replacement, $200,000;
- Beaver Creek Hatchery, renovation, $135,000; and
- Rister Stadium elevator lift (Kelso), $33,000.
The budget measure, Senate Bill 5651, passed the House unanimously. It still must gain Senate concurrence before being sent to the governor.