Gov. Chris Gregoire today signed a supplemental capital budget that invests more than $1 billion in family wage construction jobs across the state. Combined with the state's supplemental transportation budget tens of thousands of jobs will be created.
"Jobs are the way out of this recession," Gregoire said. "I'm proud to sign a package that makes our state stronger, and invests in Washington's future."
Gregoire thanked state lawmakers for developing a bipartisan budget that spurs job creation and provides critical improvements to Washington's educational facilities and transportation infrastructure.
The bill signing took place at Tacoma Community College. TCC is a direct beneficiary of the new jobs package allocating $39 million to the campus for construction of a new Health Career Center. The new 70,000 square-foot facility will accommodate the growing demand of health care industry professionals needed in the state.
Other educational beneficiaries include Washington State University, which secured $37 million for its Riverpoint Biomedical and Health Sciences Building, continuing their growing medical training and life sciences programs.
The capital budget also includes significant enhancements to our other vital sectors -- economic development, housing and weatherization enhancements, sustainable energy improvements, natural resource preservation and local government infrastructure enhancements.
Additional projects the jobs package includes:
* $78 million for energy efficiency grants for higher education, K-12 schools and local governments to generate savings that can in turn be re-invested in the classroom.
* $153 million for the public works assistance for loans to local governments for sewer collection system improvements, water pollution control and storm water management.
* $216 million for natural resource improvements such as Puget Sound cleanup to ensure a clean environment that benefits citizens and businesses.
* $63 million for the University of Washington Bothell Phase 3 to expand a facility for science, technology, engineering, math, and health studies to help ensure Washington can complete in the global marketplace, and:
* $37 million for the Washington State University Spokane Riverpoint Biomedical and Health Sciences Building to secure Eastern Washington's growing role in medical training and the life sciences.
Gov. Gregoire partially vetoed ESB 6074.