House adopts final 2022-23 supplemental capital budget, Rep. Mike Steele primary negotiator

The final version of the 2022-23 supplemental capital budget was unanimously approved by the Washington State House of Representatives today.

The plan spends $1.5 billion, with $107.3 million from the sale of general obligation bonds. The remaining $1.39 billion is comprised of a combination of federal funds, General Fund-State (GF-S) transfers, and other dedicated funding sources. It leaves $210,000 in bond capacity.

The capital budget assists with the construction and maintenance of public buildings, schools, mental health facilities, parks, low-income housing, infrastructure, and other projects in local communities across the state.

Rep. Mike Steele, ranking member of the House Capital Budget Committee and lead Republican budget negotiator said the final spending plan makes significant statewide investments in mental and behavioral health, housing, infrastructure, broadband, and school seismic safety.

“This is a historic budget. In a supplemental budget year, we've produced a spending plan bigger than the two-year budget approved just last year,” said Steele, R-Chelan. “With an eye on all the needs of our state, the plan offers a solid balance of assistance for both urban and rural communities.

“I'm proud of our work on this plan. Unlike the supplemental operating and transportation budget proposals this session, the effort that went into creating this plan is truly bipartisan. Along with big efforts on statewide projects like behavioral and mental health care, we're also providing funding for important rural community concerns — including the rebuild of Almira's elementary school after a tragic fire, and critically needed repairs on several other distressed rural schools.”

Highlights of the 2022-23 supplemental capital budget include:

  • High- and very-high seismic risk schools will be retrofitted under this capital budget.
  • Six distressed schools will get funding: Almira (burnt down), Republic, Nooksack Valley, Wahkiakum, Oakville, and John Muir.
  • $60 million for grants to expand and add capacity for crisis stabilization facilities for adults, which includes $12 million for at least two residential crisis stabilization facilities for youth.
  • $26.3 million in Behavioral Health Capacity grants for community mental health services, including long-term civil commitments, triage, diversion, detox, and adolescent services.
  • $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 program in House Bill 1866.
  • $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.
  • $54 million in local community projects, plus infrastructure, dental clinics, food banks, and schools.
  • $10.1 million for the Intalco aluminum smelter restart in Whatcom County.

Read the summary and budget bill here: http://leap.leg.wa.gov/leap/budget/detail/2022/hc2022Supp.asp
Review district project reports here: http://fiscal.wa.gov/CapitalProjectListDistrictSupp.aspx

The 2022 legislative session concludes on March 10.

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Washington State House Republican Communications
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