Rep. Peter Abbarno announces release of proposed House supplemental capital budget

The Washington State House of Representatives unveiled its 2024 supplemental capital budget proposal today. 

The $1.27 billion spending plan invests heavily in K-12 school construction, mental health facilities, housing, and early learning facilities. 

As the ranking member on the House Capital Budget Committee, Rep. Peter Abbarno is the lead Republican negotiator and budget writer for the proposal.   

“This community-up, not Olympia-down, budget proposal would make quality investments throughout the state,” said Abbarno, R-Centralia. “I appreciate all the hard work, from both sides of the aisle, on reaching an agreement that would help educate our kids, improve the delivery of behavioral health services, substance abuse treatment, unsheltered support, and maintain critical infrastructure.”  

Statewide highlights from House Bill 2089 include: 

  • K-12 School Construction
    • $162 million for the Small District and Tribal Compact Schools Modernization program, which provides planning and construction grants for school districts with fewer than 1,000 students and that have significant building deficiencies.
    • $55 million to improve school districts’ indoor air quality and energy efficiency, with much of the grant funds going to school districts with 3,000 enrollments or less.
    • $18.5 million for the School District Health and Safety program, which makes available emergency repair, urgent repair, and equal access grants to school districts.
    • $13.5 million for Career and Technical Education projects at Skills Centers and Technical Schools.
    • $1 million for the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to develop a proposal to replace the School Construction Assistance Program with a new formula that recognizes variation in district sizes and debt capacity.
  • Behavioral Health Treatment
    • $83.7 million would be directly distributed to community behavioral health projects across the state, including the purchase of the Madrona Recovery Facility in Brush Prairie.
    • $44.5 million for the purchase and modernization of the Olympic Heritage Behavioral Health facility in Tukwila previously acquired by the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS).
  • Housing
    • $153 million for the Housing Trust Fund, including:
      • $25 million for homeownership opportunities;
      • $20 million for housing for those with developmental disabilities; and
      • $13.5 million for the acquisition and preservation of mobile homes.
  • Department of Commerce Community Grant Programs
    • $50 million for the Early Learning Facilities grant program to expand access to affordable childcare.
    • $44.2 million for local and community projects statewide.
  • Energy
    • $25 million for Energy Northwest to leverage federal funding from the U.S. Department of Energy.
    • $149 million for community electric vehicle charging and renewable energy infrastructure.
    • $13.3 million for local emission reduction projects to convert or upgrade to higher efficiency heating systems.
  • Natural Resources
    • $22.2 million to the Brian Abbott Fish Barrier Removal Board to continue assisting local governments in removing fish barriers.
    • $11.1 million to the Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program for the restoration of shorelines and nearshore habitats critical to salmon.
    • $8 million for the Washington Coastal Restoration and Resiliency Initiative program, restoring shorelines and habitat on the coast.

About 8% ($101.5 million) of this supplemental budget is funded with general obligation bonds. Article VIII, Section I of the Washington State Constitution requires a three-fifths vote to contract debt, which passed during the 2023 session.   

“Our state constitution’s high vote threshold for bonds makes the capital budget a uniquely bipartisan project,” said Abbarno. “Democrats need Republicans and Republicans need Democrats. At the end of the day, Washington ends up with a better, more geographically equitable result.”  

The four-year veteran on the House Capital Budget Committee, and now ranking member, directed critical investments to the 20th Legislative District, including:  

  • $4.9 million for a Cowlitz County and Cowlitz PUD landfill methane capture project.  
  • $2.795 million to replace and upgrade heating, ventilation, and air conditioning units in living units and workspaces at Green Hill School, which are at the end of their useful life. 
  • $1.950 million for the Boys & Girls Club of Lewis County’s United Learning Center. 
  • These funds will help build a childcare center at the Boys & Girls Club to provide a safe and educational place for kids to learn and play.  
  • $1.154 million for the Cascadia Tech Natural Resources Learning Center in Kalama in partnership with Kalama High School.  
  • Once built, students will experience hands-on learning and workforce education. 
  • $206,000 for the Southwest Washington Fair and Equestrian Center to design a new covered equestrian center and barns with a future goal of holding equestrian, 4-H, and rodeo events year-round.  
  • $62,000 for a Kalama Community Building architectural survey to understand the scope and scale of preservation and renovation required to ensure its longevity.  
  • This will measure the building’s mechanical, plumbing, and electrical systems and conduct an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) feasibility survey. 

“While the final budget may differ from this proposal, I look forward to working with my colleagues across the rotunda to deliver positive results for our state and district,” said Abbarno.   

The House Capital Budget Committee has scheduled a public hearing for the budget proposal on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 8 a.m.   

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