Gov. Chris Gregoire is signing the capital budget, or “jobs act,” this afternoon at Tacoma Community College, one of the sites set to receive a chunk of money from the $1 billion supplemental capital budget. About half the spending in the capital budget is funded by bonds, and it’s expected to create 18,000 jobs across the state.
It authorizes new spending on dozens of construction projects such as storm water and sewer improvements, building renovations, and state park maintenance. Higher education facilities are slated to get $320 million in funds, including nearly $40 million for the health careers center at Tacoma Community College. The full list of projects is here.
Also today, the WorkFirst Oversight Task Force is holding a meeting at 2 p.m. to get an update on policy and budget changes to the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANIF) program. WorkFirst is the state’s temporary cash assistance program for low-income families. TVW will air the meeting live.