Capital Budget

Dunshee bill would put $700 million toward building schools

February 27, 2014 - Rep. Hans Dunshee

Dunshee bill would put $700 million toward building schools

Here’s more about the bipartisan Dunshee-MacEwen legislation, House Bill 2797. Front-page story in The News Tribune by Brad Shannon: State lawmakers consider borrowing against Lottery to build schools Radio story on Dunshee-MacEwen plan to build schools: State House announces $700-million bipartisan school-construction plan Capitol Record: Lottery money would back $700M bonds for school construction in House proposal HDC Advance: Just now: Capital budget committee unanimously passes school construction plan Dunshee-MacEwen release on school construction plan: Bipartisan school construction initiative introduced … Continue reading

Just now: Capital budget committee unanimously passes school construction plan

February 27, 2014 - Washington House Democrats

Just now: Capital budget committee unanimously passes school construction plan

“Kids need classrooms.” That’s how Rep. Hans Dunshee (D-Snohomish) explains House Bill 2797, supported by Republicans and Democrats, which just passed out of the Capital Budget Committee a few minutes ago. The legislation would create thousands of jobs while building the classrooms they need to meet the McCleary decision. “The class rooms have to be in place before the kids and teachers show up in 2017,” said Dunshee, chair of the Capital Budget Committee. “So there is urgency to start … Continue reading

Bothell’s Crossroads Project newly aligned road opened today

August 12, 2013 - Rep. Luis Moscoso

Bothell’s Crossroads Project newly aligned road opened today

Rep. Luis Moscoso joined Bothell City officials today at 4:30 a.m. for the ribbon cutting ceremony to open the new State Route 522.  Known as “Crossroads,” this $60 million project is the largest investment in the city’s history. The project will increase safety and improve capacity for the 46,000 vehicles that pass through that intersection daily.  The Crossroads Project consists of three construction phases:  Phase I completed on May 21, 2010: Demolishing 14 buildings located in the area of the … Continue reading

New construction budget – what’s getting built in your backyard?

July 9, 2013 - Washington House Democrats

New construction budget – what’s getting built in your backyard?

In the Bad Old Days, the only way to find out about the state’s new construction budget was by (1) driving — or riding a horse – down to Olympia and (2) somehow getting your hands on a copy of the actual legislation, then (3) reading hundreds of pages of thick legalese and (4) figuring out whether the budget funded projects you cared about, maybe in your county or neighborhood. You had to be a combination of lawyer and lobbyist … Continue reading

Pollet: Help on way for overcrowded Northeast Seattle schools

July 1, 2013 - Rep. Gerry Pollet

“Washington’s updated capital budget includes much-needed funds to help ease severe overcrowding in Northeast Seattle schools,” state Rep. Gerry Pollet said today about the 2013-2015 biennial-construction budget passed in the closing hours of the special legislative session. “Some of our youngest students are being taught to read on stages in cafeterias,” Pollet pointed out. “Frankly, it’s nothing short of scandalous that we have first-graders in portables without bathrooms — even as enrollment north of the Ship Canal is growing every … Continue reading

Construction budget creates 36,000 jobs to build a better Washington

June 29, 2013 - Washington House Democrats

Construction budget creates 36,000 jobs to build a better Washington

The state’s new capital budget will build things like elementary schools, parks and college science labs – while creating 33,000 private jobs in the struggling construction sector. “Our population is growing because Washington is a great place to live,” said Rep. Hans Dunshee (D-Snohomish), Capital Budget chair. “That means more kids need schools, more families need parks and more college kids need lecture halls and dorms. Building those things creates jobs today and jobs tomorrow.” Earlier in the session, the … Continue reading

Employment up in Washington, but new investments necessary to sustain economic growth

June 21, 2013 - Washington House Democrats

Employment up in Washington, but new investments necessary to sustain economic growth

Families across Washington who have been struggling since the recession began have another reason to be hopeful this week, as new employment figures show that our state’s job market continues to trend upward. According to the Employment Security Department, Washington added an estimated 4,100 jobs last month, dropping our state’s unemployment rate to 6.8 percent. That’s down from April’s rate of 7 percent, well below the national average of 7.6 percent. Economists note that our unemployment rate has fallen by … Continue reading

Rep. Sam Hunt’s Electronic Newsletter – April 12, 2013

April 15, 2013 - Rep. Sam Hunt

In this edition: House Operating Budget proposal House Capital Budget proposal Tax reform and tax fairness  Mental health services     Olympia Office 438B Legislative Building PO Box 40600 Olympia, WA 98504 Phone (360) 786-7992 1-800-562-6000 toll free hotline Email sam.hunt@leg.wa.gov Website My home page Today we passed the House version of the operating budget. Next week will see passage of our versions of the capital budget and transportation budgets. Then lots of negotiating will begin! With a little over two weeks remaining in the … Continue reading

House passes Riccelli’s taxpayer transparency bill

March 5, 2013 - Rep. Marcus Riccelli

House passes Riccelli’s taxpayer transparency bill

A measure to increase transparency for taxpayers and ensure government accountability in how state dollars are spent cleared the state House today on a 96-0 unanimous vote.  It was a top priority for state Rep. Marcus Riccelli (D – Spokane), who sponsored the bill. “Millions of dollars fund capital and transportation projects in all 39 of our state’s counties,” Riccelli said.  “These projects create jobs, make our communities safer, and improve our quality of life. But the public has no … Continue reading

Riccelli wants taxpayers to know where their money goes

February 7, 2013 - Rep. Marcus Riccelli

Riccelli wants taxpayers to know where their money goes

Each year, millions of dollars flow from state coffers to fund capital and transportation projects in every single county.  These projects create jobs while improving the infrastructure of Washington’s communities.  But these public investments aren’t always easily visible to the public, and one legislator is seeking to change that. Rep. Marcus Riccelli (D – Spokane), has introduced legislation to increase transparency for taxpayers and ensure government accountability in how state dollars are spent.  His bill, HB 1733, would increase the … Continue reading

Rep. Riccelli talks jobs on TVW’s “Inside Olympia”

February 1, 2013 - Rep. Marcus Riccelli

Rep. Marcus Riccelli, the freshman representative from the 3rd Legislative District, was featured this week on TVW’s show “Inside Olympia.”  In the following two-minute clip, he talks about one of his top priorities for the 2013 session, which is job creation in the Spokane area. You can view the entire half-hour segment here.

Dunshee picked to lead jobs effort again

December 11, 2012 - Rep. Hans Dunshee

Will chair committee that controls state construction budget After creating 20,000 jobs statewide – including 1,700 in Snohomish County – House Democrats elected Rep. Hans Dunshee (D-Snohomish) once again to continue that effort as chair the Capital Budget Committee. “We’re not out of this downturn yet, and the way to strengthen families and communities is to focus on jobs,” Dunshee said of his role as chair of the committee that controls the state’s construction budget. “That is what I will … Continue reading

House construction budget creates 22,000 jobs

February 21, 2012 - bergstromg

House construction budget creates 22,000 jobs

Jobs Now, Jobs Tomorrow OLYMPIA – The construction budget unveiled by the House of Representatives would use innovative methods to create an estimated 22,297 jobs. “This is about putting people back to work in a hurry,” said Rep. Hans Dunshee (D-Snohomish), chair of the Capital Budget Committee. “If we act quickly, people can get back to work during the spring construction season, we can also build the foundation of the economy of tomorrow.” The budget is built to create the … Continue reading

Moscoso secures funding for Bothell Crossroads Project

May 25, 2011 - nietol

OLYMPIA –On the last day of the special session, the House of Representatives passed HB 1497, the 2011-13 capital budget, which provides funding for infrastructure projects such as parks, wastewater treatment plants, community centers and school construction. The capital budget, which passed the House on a unanimous vote, restores $8 million for the low-interest Public Assistance Loan for the Bothell SR 522 Crossroads Project. “It took a while, but I’m very glad we managed to get that project back in … Continue reading

Washington White Board – How the state budget process works

March 2, 2011 - mcvicara