The Washington State Senate has proposed a $3.4 billion dollar capital budget that includes funding for significant improvement projects in the 5th Legislative District.

"I’m ecstatic that our district was able to get funding for our major improvement projects despite the budget shortfall and the fund sweeps that the operating budget took out of it," said Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah. "These projects will have a direct positive impact on our community by creating jobs for the construction of these projects and the improved quality of life when they’re finished."

The capital budget proposal includes more than $3.5 million that will help to restore and renovate facilities at Lake Sammamish State Park. This money will replace the aging restroom facilities and restore Sunset Beach.

The budget also includes $5 million in funding for the North Issaquah Local Improvement District. This project will help transform a severely congested area on I-90, acquire and preserve sensitive lands, provide safe bicycle and pedestrian access and will protect jobs at Costco’s headquarters by freeing up additional square footage for the company.

Other projects that were funded in the budget include facility renovations at Camp Korey, a camp for children facing childhood illness or serious medical conditions, a grant for the Railway History Center in Snoqualmie to improve visitor services, and $2 million for facility repairs and replacements at the crucial North Bend Fire Training Academy.

"If all of these projects stay funded as we reconcile this budget proposal with the House, our district will benefit greatly from these projects," Mullet said.