Construction budget is out — and it’s good!

Finally, some good news out of this legislative session.

Capital budget is out and it is very good!   Here is the bond bill, the primary fund source for our projects:  http://leap.leg.wa.gov/leap/budget/detail/2011/hc1113p.asp. This is the agreed -to version of the budget, and the House just approved it. 
 
From time to time lawmakers have indicated there would be no capital budget at all. Yesterday the legislature said the bond bill would be $300 million lower than expected, an announcement that dampened expectations significantly. 
 
 All the more surprising when we learned today that we will have enough funding to move forward on four of our highest priorities. This is remarkable in such a horrible budget environment and the success is due to solid proposals and the hard work of staff and faculty.
 
Having funding for the initial phases of these projects, keeps us in the queue for funding next time around. Here’s the good news 
 
Science II Design: Phase I was completed more than a decade ago. We’re overdue for a state of the art replacement physics, geology, and CESME. This funding enables us to design a new facility. State bonds= $2,000,000
Samuelson: This funding allows us to begin steps to renovate Samuelson, which has been renovated State bonds= $5,000,000 
Combined Utilities State bonds= $3,727,000Building fees=

273,000

NEHS State bonds= $300,000 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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About Linda Schactler

Linda is the former Director of Communications for the Washington State Senate, and former deputy director of the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board. From 2000 through 2010 Linda was the proprietor of Schactler Communications, an Olympia-based public affairs business. She holds a master of arts in English literature from Washington University in St. Louis. Linda can be reached at her Ellensburg office schactler@cwu.edu, 509-963-1384, or on her cell phone, 509-607-4103.
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