19th District representatives support strong investments in the supplemental capital budget

With the 2022 legislative session scheduled to conclude this week, 19th District Reps. Jim Walsh and Joel McEntire voted in favor of a strong, bipartisan supplemental capital budget spending plan that includes more than $4.1 million for the 19th District.

The $1.5 billion capital spending plan makes significant investments in K-12 school construction, mental health facilities, broadband, school seismic safety, public works, housing, and other long-term investments.

“Once again, our district has done well in Olympia's capital budget process. The capital budget concentrates taxpayer money on infrastructure projects that you can see and touch. And some of the best of these projects are local, serving communities right here at home,” said Walsh, R-Aberdeen. “It's a pleasure working with Rep. Joel McEntire and Sen. Jeff Wilson, to make sure that the Nineteenth District gets as many of these good projects we can.”

McEntire, who serves as assistant ranking Republican on the House Capital Budget Committee, helped negotiate the capital spending plan.  

“In a short session, it is rare to get several projects funded in any district,” said McEntire, R-Cathlamet. “With our state having substantial revenues, we sought to see that as much of that revenue come back to the hard working tax payers of the Nineteenth District, and that is what we have done.”

The capital budget proposal contains a wide range projects for the 19th District, including:

  • Veteran Housing and Resource Center (Raymond), $2.3 million;
  • Wahkiakum School District facility accessibility needs, $515,000;
  • Westport Marina gear yard (Westport), $412,000;
  • Pacific County Fair Three M Project (Raymond), $412,000;
  • Vandercook Park restroom (Longview), $309,000;
  • Longview Senior Center roof and energy upgrades (Longview), $273,000;
  • Community/Technical College system, minor works, $259,000;
  • CHOB electrical upgrade to emergency shelter (Longview), $258,000;
  • 5970 #1 Bridge Replacement, $250,000;
  • Veteran Housing at Stratford Apartments (Longview), $206,000;
  • 5973 Bridge Replacement, $200,000;
  • Beaver Creek Hatchery, renovation, $135,000; and
  • Rister Stadium elevator lift (Kelso), $33,000.

The capital budget was approved unanimously by both the House and Senate. It now goes to the governor's desk for his signature.


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