Rep. Mike Steele announces the release of the 2022 supplemental budget

The Washington State House of Representatives released its proposed 2022 supplemental budget today. The proposal includes a total of $1.5 billion in spending, with $77.4 million in bonds — and leaves $27.6 million in the ending fund balance.

The supplemental capital budget makes changes to the biennial capital budget in response to feedback from administering agencies to address emerging issues and act on new opportunities.

Rep. Mike Steele, the ranking member of the House Capital Budget Committee, was the lead Republican negotiator and budget writer for the House's supplemental capital budget spending plan. The 12th District lawmaker says the plan makes significant investments in housing, infrastructure, mental health facilities, broadband, and school seismic safety.

Steele, R-Chelan, shared his thoughts on the bipartisan nature of the budget work and the direction the state is taking with these proposed infrastructure and construction investments:

“Bipartisanship isn't optional with this budget — it's a requirement. Every year, this budget proves that political leaders across the ideological spectrum can deliver a consensus on priorities that benefit all Washingtonians.

“If adopted, this would be the largest supplemental capital budget ever approved by the Legislature. With an eye on the future needs of our state, the plan offers the kind of community investment support that shows we mean business when it comes to investing in mental and behavioral health, housing, broadband, forest management, and other emerging needs.”

The capital budget makes appropriations for projects tangible in nature that have a long useable life, such as schools and other public buildings, behavioral and mental health facilities, parks, low-income housing, water infrastructure, and habitat. It is funded through a variety of fund sources, including general obligation bonds, dedicated cash accounts, federal funds, and alternative financing contracts.

Some highlights from House Bill 1781 include:

Mental and Behavioral Health

  • $60 million for at least ten crisis triage and stabilization facilities for adults.
  • $12 million for at least two residential crisis stabilization facilities for youth.
  • $26 million in Behavioral Health Capacity grants for community mental health services.

Housing

  • $300 million for rapid capital housing acquisition for the quick conversion into shelters, permanent supportive housing, or transitional housing.
  • $100 million for the rapid permanent supportive housing program in House Bill 1866.
  • $101.5 million for the Housing Trust Fund, including $15 million for projects benefitting first-time home buyers.

Public Works

  • $120 million for the Public Works Board to issue grants and loans to local governments for infrastructure projects.
  • $33 million for infrastructure projects in local communities.
  • $14.5 million for upgrades to port facilities.

Broadband

  • $50 million to the State Broadband Office.
  • $25 million to the Public Works Board.
  • $25 million to the Community Economic Revitalization Board.

Natural Resources

  • $2.3 million for a new day-use facility and trail development at Anderson Lake State Park.
  • $2.1 million for day-use facilities at Kopachuck State Park.
  • $2.2 million to design a new hatchery on the Deschutes River in Thurston County.
  • $3 million for the design of the Nisqually Tribe's Kalama Creek Hatchery.

K-12 School Construction

  • $45.2 million for seismic safety retrofits to school buildings at “very high risk” and “high risk” of severe earthquake damage.
  • $18.4 million for four distressed school projects: Almira, Republic, Nooksack Valley, and Wahkiakum.
  • $6 million more for the Small District and Tribal Compact School Modernization program, providing grants to small, rural school districts to modernize school buildings.
  • $189.9 million in savings in the School Construction Assistance Program (SCAP) was realized through lower than anticipated demand.

Energy

  • $10.1 million to restart the aluminum smelter in Whatcom County.
  • $10 million to Grant PUD to develop infrastructure to support a solar manufacturing facility.
  • $30 million for the Weatherization Plus Health program, upgrading low-income homes with energy-efficient improvements.

House Bill 1781 is scheduled for a vote in the House Capital Budget Committee on Thursday, Feb. 24.

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