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Concerning the capital budget (Frockt, Mullet)

Makes appropriations and authorizes expenditures for capital improvements.

EFFECT OF CHANGES MADE BY 1ST SUBSTITUTE
(1) Alters funding amounts within the Housing Trust Fund for projects affecting Seattle modular housing and Valley Cities modular housing in Auburn. (2) Expands purposes of the rural broadband program to include community development, authorize grants in addition to loans and provide that no loan or grant may exceed $250,000. (3) Provides $721,000 for two additional local and community projects in Mukilteo and Everett. (4) Clarifies the underlying Columbia River Water Supply program funding for a 47.5 mile canal and a pump station.

SENATE FLOOR AMENDMENTS
(1) Provides $327,000 to restore skylights in the Senate chamber of the Legislative Building; funding is for design. (2) Removes funding for the Helen Sommers sign on the 1063 Block Replacement Building. (3) Specifies that funding for the Asia Pacific Cultural Center is for design and preconstruction activities. (4) Funding for Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account grants to reflect removal of two projects: Luther Burbank South Shoreline Restoration, Mercer Island ($380,000) and Sandy Cove Park Acquisition and Expansion, Snoqualmie ($560,000). (5) Expands the uses of funding for the State Conservation Commission to improve shellfish growing areas to include beach restoration, erosion control, sediment abatement, soft berm, and dynamic revetment projects. (6) Directs the Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) to conduct a study that identifies recreational assets of statewide significance, where gaps in recreational assets exist, and investment strategies and options for addressing those gaps. Provides $100,000 to the RCO to conduct the study. (7) Deletes the requirement that the RCO provide a report to the Legislature that identifies new opportunities to generate revenue to invest in future recreation-based capital projects.

HOUSE FLOOR STRIKING AMENDMENT
Appropriations, including alternative financing contracts, total $414.8 million, of which $198 million are appropriated from bond proceeds. The Striking Amendment replaces ESSB 6095, increasing bond appropriations by $12.3 million dollars and other funds by $18.2 million. Detailed information on the striking amendment and differences with this underlying ESSB 6095 can be found at leap.wa.gov.

PARTIAL VETO MESSAGE
I am returning herewith, without my approval as to Sections 3011(2), 3011(3), 3011(4), 4002, 7018, and 7019, Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill No. 6095 entitled: “AN ACT Relating to the capital budget.”

Sections 3011(2), (3) and (4), page 83, Department of Ecology, Water Availability (91000343)
I appreciate the bipartisan effort and support to pass Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 6091 (ESSB 6091) and the accompanying appropriation of $20 million in the enacted capital budget. Together, these measures are important in allowing appropriate development to proceed in rural areas of our state while also ensuring the protection of instream flows. Negotiations on ESSB 6091 were both substantial and difficult. Sections 3011(2), (3) and (4) single out particular projects for funding. This is a departure from the planning and implementation processes established only weeks ago in ESSB 6091, and circumvents the Department of Ecology’s efforts to prioritize and approve projects. For these reasons, I have vetoed Sections 3011(2), (3) and (4).

Section 4002, pages 110-112, Aviation Revitalization Loans (92000003)
This section contains amendments identical to Substitute House Bill 1656 (SHB 1656) and reduces the amount available for loans by $2.5 million. Because I have vetoed SHB 1656 and I support the original $5 million appropriation, I have vetoed Section 4002.

Section 7018, page 153
Section 7018 repeals Section 13 of Substitute House Bill 1656 (SHB 1656). Because I have vetoed SHB 1656, there is no need to repeal a section in that bill. For this reason, I have vetoed Section 7018.

Section 7019, page 154
Section 7019 directs that Section 7018 takes effect when Substitute House Bill 1656 (SHB 1656) takes effect. Because I have vetoed Section 7018 and SHB 1656, this section is not necessary. For this reason, I have vetoed Section 7019.

For these reasons I have vetoed Sections 3011(2), 3011(3), 3011(4), 4002, 7018, and 7019 of Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill No. 6095. With the exception of Sections 3011(2), 3011(3), 3011(4), 4002, 7018, and 7019, Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill No. 6095 is approved.

Hearing Date: Monday, February 19, 2018 -- 3:30 pm

WA State Legislature Link:
http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=6095&Chamber=Senate&Year=2017    (opens a new browser tab)