Rep. Jim Walsh comments on funding for the 19th District in House capital budget proposal

The Washington State House of Representatives recently released its proposed 2019-21 capital budget. With more than $64 million in proposed funding for the 19th Legislative District, Rep. Jim Walsh, a member of the House Capital Budget Committee, says this budget offers strategic improvements for the communities of Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Pacific and Wahkiakum counties.

“This is a phenomenal budget for our district. We walked into the legislative session with a deliberate focus on small ball funding. While other people chased $5 to $10 million dollar projects, we worked on securing capital funding for $500,000 to $700,000 improvements,” said Walsh, R-Aberdeen. “That strategy enabled us to bring in more dollars than those hunting for big scalps. These mid-size projects are all important for the 19th Legislative District. I'm really pleased with how we've been able to work the levers of this proposed capital budget.”

Highlights from the capital project funding proposed for 19th Legislative District include:

  • $25 million for the Aberdeen Hoquiam North Shore Levee
  • $3.7 million for the Coastal Community Action Program
  • $2.9 million for minor works, facility, preservation, roof and site repairs for Lower Columbia College
  • $1.75 million for minor works, facility, preservation, roof and site repairs and minor works for Grays Harbor College
  • $517,000 in kitchen renovation for the Oakville School District
  • $495,000 for Naselle School District renovation projects
  • $464,000 for sedimentation at Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay
  • $458,000 modernization at Ilwaco Boatyard
  • $323,000 for the Chehalis River Bridge Pedestrian lighting project
  • $349,000 for the Seaport Landing in Aberdeen
  • $258,000 for the West Kelso Affordable Housing and Community Facility Study
  • $250,000 for Westport dredging materials
  • $228,000 for Campus Towers in Longview
  • $216,000 for the Naselle Primary Care Clinic
  • $180,000 for Port of Willapa Harbor dredging support (Tokeland)
  • $129,000 for Hoh Tribe broadband

Walsh also noted other proposed capital funding that would impact the 19th District, including $2 million for the Washington Coastal Restoration Project:

“I'm happy that we're able to fund a great fish habitat restoration project on the upper Quinault River. While this project is located just outside the 19th District, it's of great importance to our communities,” continued Walsh. “It's a chance for us to work together with the Quinault Indian Nation—a key strategic neighbor and partner in economic development in this part of the state.”

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


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