Millions included in capital budget for wildfire damage
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The supplemental capital budget, released this week, targets three key areas, education, mental health, and wildfire damage sustained in Washington last summer. Ruth Johnson reports from Olympia.
Johnson: The widespread fires that charred over a million acres of land in Washington left behind expenses many would not have predicted. Richard DeBolt, a Republican Representative from Chehalis says it is crucial to make a significant investment in forest health, and help the communities devastated by the wildfires of 2015.
DeBolt: “We’re spending about $5 million on capital construction to replace a failed watershed. We’re looking at building a new network of communications that will allow our firefighters to communicate. And then we are rebuilding some of the buildings that were destroyed.”
Johnson: The supplemental capital budget includes $200 million to increase the number of classrooms in the state. It also allocates monies for mental health beds in communities statewide.
Ruth Johnson, Olympia.
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