Washington legislators do good work for people, the environment, and businesses

Senator Christine Rolfes, the Washington State 23rd Legislative District representative and the Chair of the Senate Ways & Means Committee, reported in her 27 April 2021 e-newsletter on the hard work that the state legislature did this session to support people, the environment, and businesses during these Covid times. She reported on national and state programs that will provide money locally via the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, Grants for childcare providers, and the Immigrant relief fund. She also goes on to talk of

“Big wins for Kitsap in capital budget” (as pasted below):

“There is much to celebrate locally in this year’s capital budget, including securing open space in Silverdale, much-needed improvements for the Buxton Center for Bainbridge Performing Arts, more affordable housing units, funding to continue important estuary and salmon restoration projects, and several improvements to local parks. Here are a few highlights:

$1.6 million for repairs and upgrades to the Bainbridge Performing Arts

$515,000 for the Manette affordable housing project in Bremerton

$200,000 for improvements at Bainbridge Island Child Care Centers

$321,000 for improvements at Madrona Day Treatment School in Bremerton

$2 million to enable Kitsap County to acquire eight acres of open space and wildlife habitat in the heart of Silverdale

$2.9 million to assist conservation efforts at North Kitsap Divide Block Community Forest

$594,000 for improvements at Chief Kitsap Academy

$3.9 million for continued cleanup and upgrades to the groundwater treatment plant at the Wyckoff Superfund Site

$500,000 for the “Old Town” Silverdale marina to increase public access to the waterfront, remove derelict rock debris, and enhance the beach area

$500,000 to develop waterfront access improvements to port facilities at the Illahee Dock

Nearly $1 million for Puget Sound estuary and salmon restoration, including restoration design at Point No Point Park and restoration work at Rose Point

$500,000 for Play for All at Raab Park in Poulsbo

$750,000 for improvements at Hidden Cove to provide additional water access and public shoreline use

$350,000 for development and lighting at Warrior Ridge Sports Park on Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribal land

State-wide investments

The entire statewide capital budget we passed includes $6.3 billion for important investments to expand broadband internet access, increase the state’s supply of affordable housing, improve behavioral health, build new schools, safeguard natural resources, and invest in underserved communities.

$930 million in school construction funding, including $42 million in modernization grants for small districts and Tribal compact schools.

$411 million to expand broadband internet access to rural and underserved areas

$428 million for behavioral health facilities, including $200.8 million for the University of Washington’s new Behavioral Health Teaching Facility

$350 million for affordable housing grants and loans

$120 million to establish a Rapid Housing Acquisition program

$386 million for recreation, conservation and salmon recovery projects

$745 million for clean-water efforts and toxics cleanup

$73 million for overall investment in state parks, including the new Nisqually State Park

$13.6 million for a new dedicated Community Relief Fund that invests in projects in underserved communities”

Lots of good work for people, the environment, and businesses this Covid year by our Washington State legislators . . . and lots of experienced leadership by our 23rd District senator.

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