The beefs weren't loud. But even with $3.1 billion proposed, not everyone got a piece of the action when the House rolled out its two-year capital-spending plan for 2011-13 Monday.
A hearing this morning on Proposed Substitute House Bill 1497 drew a line of folks who wished they too had gotten a piece of taxpayer pie. But the House Capital Budget Committee hearing drew a longer line of folks thanking the committee for including their projects – some of which did not get help from Gov. Chris Gregoire's earlier proposal.
Our story this morning on the budget is here. Links to the budget documents are here.
Among the thankful:
** Lori Flemm, parks director for the city of Lacey parks. She said the $1 million earmarked will go toward expanding the Pleasant Glade Community Park. She said the city is acquiring 67 acres to protect water quality and aid the expansion of shellfish growers in Henderson Inlet. ** Eric Erler, director of the Capitol Land Trust. He said the committee for bumping up funding for the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program and retaining its priority list. ** A representative of the Olympia-based Safeplace program for victims of domestic violence thanked the committee for $778,000 for facilities improvements. **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 [our story mischaracterized where the funds go this morning]. Garber had one small beef: that money to catch up on deferred maintenance is reduced and makes it harder 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.** 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.
No one actually scolded Rep. Hans Dunshee, the Democratic chairman, or Rep. Judy Warnick, the ranking Republican, for their work or said they goofed up.
But representatives of 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 has to be worked out and that Warnick is opposed to the transfer.
Advocate Dwight Gee spoke gently on behalf of Building for the Arts, an umbrella organization that was left out of the financing fun. Gee said the group hoped to receive a smaller grant this year of $6.7 million that would would help trigger $81 million in investment in 14 projects around the state.
Advocates for Tacoma Musical Playhouse, which started a $1.25 million capital campaign and hoped for $250,000 of state help, made a pitch for Building for the Arts grants, too. So did representatives of a Seattle program called Coyote Central that introduces youths to welding, woodworking and other art-related endeavors but which needs money for a new center that includes after school programs.
For lists of programs go to the Legislature's budget site and click on the various capital-budget funds that provide money for programs such as youth recreation, wildlife and recreation, public works, and so forth. Here is an overview page.
Budget details are here and
here and here, and the governor’s capital budget proposal details can be found here.
Here is a sampling of other South Sound projects that would get money if the House version of the capital budget passes (Senate version is due on or about Tuesday):
** Woodard Bay recreation and conservation area, northeast of Olympia, gets $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. Another $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 is Capitol Land Trust's third phase of a Budd Inlet to Henderson Inlet conservation initiative.
UPDATED to correctly identify Charlie Earl as the speaker on community-college funding.