Rep. Richard DeBolt’s statement on the House’s proposed 2019-21 capital budget

The Washington State House of Representatives recently released its proposed $4.6 billion 2019-21 capital budget. This biennial budget funds infrastructure projects across the state including schools, public buildings, parks, low-income housing, water and habitat projects.

Rep. Richard DeBolt, R-Chehalis, ranking member of the House Capital Budget Committee, released the following statement on the proposed budget:

“As the ranking member on the House Capital Budget Committee, it’s exciting to help write this critical budget for our state. After months of tough negotiations, we’ve produced a balanced, bipartisan funding proposal that makes significant improvements in mental health, schools and critical infrastructure improvements across the state.

“I’m grateful for the hard work of all the capital budget committee members, especially our colleagues across the aisle. Everyone did their part clarifying priorities and moving good projects through the legislative process. These targeted investments will not only benefit current communities but also future generations of Washingtonians.”

Highlights from the House capital budget proposal include:

  • $1.1 billion for K-12 school construction
  • $357 million for mental and behavioral health
  • $927 million for higher education facilities
  • $195 million for projects that directly benefit salmon and salmon habitat, including habitat restoration and hatchery production
  • $150 million for the Housing Trust Fund, including $69 million for veteran housing, home ownership, and developmentally disabled housing
  • $100 million from the Public Works Assistance Account for grants and loans to local governments for infrastructure improvements
  • $50.4 million to reduce flood risks and restore floodplains through the Floodplains by Design program
  • $79.5 million for Local and Community Projects statewide
  • $22.4 million for the Building Communities Fund
  • $5.8 million for the Youth Recreational Facilities program
  • $21 million for the Office of Columbia River
  • $31.5 million for the Yakima River Basin

The House’s proposed budget will be considered in the House Capital Budget Committee on Wednesday, March 28. A vote by the House chamber is expected as early as next week. For a complete list of district projects, click here.

The 105-day legislative session is scheduled to adjourn April 28.


Washington State House Republican Communications