The capital budget proposal that the House released Monday didn’t please everybody, but the roar of people giving thanks during a hearing Tuesday nearly drowned out the grumbling.
The few left out of the $3.1 billion budget gently reminded House Capital Budget Committee chairman Hans Dunshee during a hearing on the two-year construction-spending plan for 2011-13 that they had worthy projects, too.
Among the thankful for items in Proposed Substitute House Bill 1497:
City of Lacey. Parks director Lori Flemm said the city would use the $1 million listed in the budget for Pleasant Glade Community Park. She said the city is acquiring 67 acres to protect water quality and aid in the expansion of shellfish growers in Henderson Inlet.
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A representative of the Olympia-based Safeplace program for domestic violence victims thanked the committee for $778,000 for facilities improvements.
Charlie Earl of the state community colleges board thanked lawmakers for large investments. These included $35.5 million for a learning resource center at South Puget Sound Community College.
Julie Garber of The Evergreen State College. She gave thanks for almost $10.8 million for campus improvements, including $4.95 million to renovate a science center lab (Tuesday’s print story mischaracterized where the funds would go). Garber had one small beef: that the amount of money to catch up on deferred maintenance is reduced, making it more difficult to bring the campus up to new codes and maintain structures.
Low-income-housing advocates gave thanks for $60 million, with one advocate saying it will be leveraged into a $300 million public and private investment.
No one scolded Dunshee or Rep. Judy Warnick, the ranking Republican on the committee, for their joint effort on the budget. But lobbyists for cities had concern that the House operating budget claims about $65 million from a public works fund.
Some said they trusted Dunshee and Warnick would hold the line and protect that money for projects.
Dunshee has said that issue is yet to be worked out with House Democrats writing the operating budget, and Warnick said she opposes the transfer of the real estate excise tax funds to the operating budget.
“My side is opposed to moving any funds to the operating budget,” Warnick said Tuesday.
Advocate Dwight Gee’s Building for the Arts umbrella organization was among those left out of the budget. He said his organization hoped to receive a smaller grant this year of $6.7 million that would help trigger $81 million in investments for 14 projects statewide.
Among those is Tacoma Musical Playhouse, which started a $1.25 million capital campaign and hoped for $250,000 in state help. Also making a pitch were representatives of other art groups, including a Seattle program called Coyote Central that introduces youths to welding, woodworking and other art-related endeavors.
Here is a sampling of other South Sound projects that will get money if the House version of the capital budget passes:
Woodard Bay recreation and conservation area, northeast of Olympia, $500,000 for restoration and protection work.
North Mason Recreation Area infield renovation, $257,500.
DePont PowderWorks Skatepark, $97,057.
Chehalis River floodplain work, 454,723.
Nisqually state parks acquisitions, $820,172.
Sumner urban to mountain trail section No. 4, $978,999; Section 6 is an alternate awaiting funding.
Mima Mounds nature area in south Thurston County, $1.23 million; funds go to the state Department of Natural Resources.
South Sound “prairie and bald restoration,” $360,950; funds go to Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County, $163,000. Boys and Girls Clubs of Pierce and Kitsap Counties receive separate grants of $800,000 and $1.25 million.
Bucoda Odd Fellows Community Center, $150,000.
North Mason Senior Center, Belfair, $1.36 million.
Tacoma Hilltop Health Center, $2 million.
Grays Harbor Historical Seaport and Lady Washington rehabilitation, $169,000.
McCleary well improvements, $1.55 million.
Lakewood water district pump station, $800,000 from the public works assistance account. An additional $4.73 million for Sumner and Bonney Lake’s sewer plant upgrade.
Shelton steel water-main replacement, $1 million, and Mason County Public Utility District No. 1’s intertie project along Hood Canal.
Belfair Water District No. 1’s water main project along State Route 3, $2 million.
Among those on an alternate list awaiting funds is Capitol Land Trust’s third phase of a Budd Inlet-to-Henderson Inlet conservation initiative.
But Eric Erler, executive director for the land trust, thanked House lawmakers for proposing to boost funding for the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program to $50 million, up from Gov. Chris Gregoire’s $20 million proposal, and for retaining its ranked list of priority projects.
The Senate is expected to announce its projects list in a rival capital budget proposal Tuesday. The House and Senate ultimately need to agree on a budget, including a level of bonds, that Gregoire is willing to sign into law.
Brad Shannon: firstname.lastname@example.org/politicsblog