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Senate passes proposed capital budget – WSU fares very well

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The state Senate Ways and Means Committee passed a $3.8 billion 2017-2019 capital budget. In the spirit of “how a bill becomes law,” the state’s capital budget has a different function than the state’s operating and transportation budgets, the trifecta of the three main budget categories that fund the state of Washington, including public institutions like Washington State University.  The capital budget allocates money for the acquisition and maintenance of land, buildings (including on WSU’s five physical campuses) and equipment. Nearly half of the proposed capital budget goes toward supporting facilities for both K-12 and higher education. Twenty-nine percent goes toward natural resources-oriented projects, nearly nine percent toward facilities for human services and fourteen percent for general government projects. WSU fared well in the state Senate budget that was passed. Read more below for additional information on how WSU fared in its capital budget requests, and please click on link to view WSU’s State Director for Government Relations Chris Mulick, in testimony before the Ways and Means Committee.

Newsbeat – WSU Government Relations

The Senate Ways and Means Committee voted out a proposed capital budget Wednesday that includes funding for two WSU building projects critical to the future of Washington agriculture.

The plan funds $52 million of WSU’s $58.9 million request for the Plant Sciences Building and $23 million to start construction of the Global Animal Health Phase II project, both in Pullman. This despite unexpected constraints on the capital budget due to late breaking requirements for K-12 construction.

The Senate capital budget proposal also provides $3 million for design of the WSU Tri-Cities Academic Building and $500,000 for predesign of the Vancouver Life Sciences Building. It also provides $22.3 million for minor capital preservation.

To view WSU’s testimony before the state Senate Ways and Means Committee on the proposed capital budget, please click here.

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