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This failure by the Senate Majority harms us all. We need a state construction budget ASAP!
Ask your lawmakers to urge the Senate Majority to:
WORK with House bipartisan leadership
PASS the state capital budget (ESHB 1075) that funds construction
REACH an agreement to come back and get the job done.
It’s about kids, jobs and safety.
What’s at stake if the Senate Majority continues blocking our state construction budget?
- Fire suppression. The Senate Majority is holding hostage $18 million for forest health and fire hazard reduction. “The Legislature’s failure to pass a capital budget means the state Department of Natural Resources is short of money to deal with unhealthy forests, the agency director said Friday.... ‘A century of mismanaged forests has clogged our forests with dead, dry and sick trees that make our summer wildfire seasons as destructive as we’ve seen in the past decade,’ Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz said.” – SOURCE: Associated Press 7/21/17.
- Flood prevention. The Senate Majority is holding hostage $95.4 million needed to reduce the risk of flooding in at-risk areas of our state. Do we want a repeat of the devastating floods of 2007?
- K-12 school construction. The Senate Majority is holding hostage more than $1 billion for classrooms and other buildings, to reduce K-3 classroom sizes and mitigate lead contamination in water systems.
- Mental health facilities upgrades. The Senate Majority is holding hostage $162 million to care for persons with severe mental health issues, including $14 million for urgent improvements at Western State Hospital.
- Higher Education. The Senate Majority is holding hostage $855.6 million for hundreds of projects at state colleges and universities, including more than 75 facilities improvements at the University of Washington and 55 at Washington State University in Pullman.
- State parks and recreation. The Senate Majority is holding hostage $53 million to keep our state parks in shape for families and tourists and another $80 million for acquisition and improvement of additional outdoor recreation areas.
- Toxics cleanups. The Senate Majority is holding hostage $27 million for properties dangerously contaminated with toxic chemicals. “Planned pollution cleanups of 42 Tacoma and Vashon Island yards, and Sandy Shores Community Park, scheduled for this year have been put off until 2018, the state Department of Ecology announced Monday.” – SOURCE: Tacoma News Tribune 8/3/17.
- The economy. The Senate Majority is holding hostage jobs. The bipartisan construction budget passed by the House creates an estimated 19,000 family-wage jobs statewide in the next two years. It’s also not known how many state employees funded by the state construction budget might be in peril of being laid off.