Holy: Senate capital budget funds projects in Airway Heights, Medical Lake

The 2023-25 state capital budget unanimously approved by the Senate today includes funding for three important community projects in Airway Heights, Medical Lake and Spokane.

The Senate’s proposed capital budget includes $2 million for community projects that include improving the Airway Heights Public Safety Campus, additional funding for the Spokane International Airport Transload Center and building a stormwater mitigation system in Medical Lake.

The proposed spending plan also provides $16.8 million for the renovation of the Spokane Hatchery. This renovation plays a major role in protecting and preserving the trout that are raised in the hatchery.

“I am pleased with the capital budget that was approved by the Senate today,” said Holy, R-Cheney. “This budget will fund community projects in Airway Heights and Medical Lake, as well as provide funding to improve social and health services and to renovate the hatchery in Spokane.”

The Senate capital budget allotted $35.6 million to the Department of Social and Health Services to make improvements to health-care facilities within the 6th District. The funding is for a predesigned study to assess and make recommendations necessary to modernize the existing agency telecommunications system.

The Senate’s capital budget will also fund these projects in the 6th District:

  • Eastern State Hospital commissary building repairs ($5.43 million)
  • Eastern State Hospital Activity Therapy Building HVAC upgrades ($3.71 million)
  • Department of Veterans Affairs – burial and columbarium expansion grant ($3.3 million)
  • Conservation project at Riverside State Park Little Spokane River Robinson property ($1.46 million)

The House of Representatives is expected to release its proposed capital budget next week. After the House passes its version, capital budget leaders from the Senate and House will meet to negotiate a final version of the plan.

The 2023 legislative session is scheduled to end April 23.