FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Mar. 21, 2023
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OLYMPIA – Budget leaders in the Washington State Senate proposed a capital construction budget that would invest more than $4.7 million in projects across the 21st Legislative District.
The suggested budget targets investments in local and community projects, public schools, as well as recreation and conservation efforts.
The following is outlined in the Senate proposal:
- Edmonds Boys & Girls Clubs Capital Project – $1,385,000
- Harbour Point Boulevard Pathway – $258,000
- Mukilteo First Responder Wellness Center – $258,000
- NW Stream Center Sustainable Infrastructure – $273,000
- Forest Park Pickleball Court Installation – $345,000
- Skills Centers Minor Works – Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center – $1,930,000
- North Portwalk Development – $500,000
- Restoration pre-design along waterfront railroad corridor – $140,000
The major investments align with priorities pursued by the Senate throughout its policy and budget work in the current legislative session, including building healthier communities and providing improving safety for all.
“I’m so excited that our capital budget invests in wellness for our kids at the Edmonds Boys and Girls Club and our first responders at Mukilteo PD,” Sen. Marko Liias (D-Everett) said. “We’ve come through a very tough time with the pandemic and community wellness is more important than ever!”
“The Senate capital budget funding will be used to provide the Edmonds youth and community with a new state-of-the-art 16,000 square foot Boys & Girls Club at Civic Field,” said Bill Tsoukalas, executive director of Boys & Girls Club of Snohomish County.
“The Mukilteo Police Department (MPD) recognizes that the employees are our greatest asset. This Wellness Center is a key part of our Wellness Program which is designed to improve employee health, physical condition, mental well-being, and spiritual wellness through proactive outreach and education to maintain our employees’ healthy and balanced lifestyles,” said MPD Police Chief Cheol Kang.
The Senate Ways & Means Committee heard the budget as a proposed substitute to Senate Bill 5200 during its Monday hearing. The House will present its capital budget proposal in the coming days, and the two chambers will meet and negotiate their differences to reach agreement on a final version before the end of session on Sunday, April 23.