Baumgartner: Senate capital budget big bipartisan win for Eastern Washington

Spokane County is a big winner in the 2018 state capital budget passed by the Senate Thursday night.

“Republicans and Democrats worked together to pass a great capital budget for Eastern Washington.” said Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane.

Some of the Eastern Washington projects include:

  • $67 million for the Eastern Washington University science building, which will accommodate growth in the science, technology, engineering and math fields;
  • $5 million for natural resources investment for the economy and environment;
  • $2 million for Mount Spokane facility relocation;
  • $1 million for Three Islands Spokane River waterfront access;
  • $2 million for the Spokane Dental Residency Clinic;
  • $6.9 million for Eastern State Hospital projects; and
  • $2.8 million for State Fair Community College Fine and Applied Arts Building replacement

“While the other Washington is paralyzed by partisan gridlock, it’s great to see hard work and cooperation between Republicans and Democrats here at home,” said Baumgartner. “I’m particularly pleased at the full funding of the important new sciences building for Eastern Washington University.  This has been my top priority since last year and it’s great to see the hard work come to fruition. This capital budget will bring great jobs, education and health support that will make our community even better.”

Over $114 million of investments to Spokane County were added in the 2018 supplemental capital budget, which updates the 2017-19 capital budget introduced last year.

The local projects are part of a $4 billion two-year capital spending plan that will be financed in large part by bonds.