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Washington state receives vital investments in spending bill!
3 Thurston County projects receive $3M!

“The Hanford Site cleanup will benefit enhanced funding within the recent omnibus bill. Gov. Jay Inslee visited the waste treatment facilities at the Hanford Site in 2013. The lower photo shows potentially radioactive waste in an overflow containment area of a waste storage tank after the inner wall began to leak.” Photos courtesy of U.S. Department of Energy, via Office of Gov. Jay Inslee.

Federal spending bill includes vital investments for Washington state

Congress passed a $1.7 trillion omnibus bill before the midnight Friday deadline to fund the federal government through the fall. The bill funded a number of important local programs and federal programs that will benefit Washingtonians.

Nestled within the federal spending bill is an important line item for Washington state: long-overdue investment in the Hanford Site cleanup. The Biden Administration this year accelerated the cleanup by enhancing its funding in the president’s budget proposal. This week, Congress further enhanced funding, investing $191 million more had been budgeted originally.

Among many other items, the bill also funds:

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Congress sets aside $3M of the 2023 federal budget for Thurston County Projects

From The Jolt News:

The 2023 omnibus spending bill included funding for three community projects requested by Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland.

The project with the most significant funding is Intercity Transit’s zero-fare transit program, which allows passengers to use the bus and the Dial-a-Lift services for free. The program is set to receive $1,825,950, which will be used to renovate 145 bus stops, according to Strickland’s press release.

Thurston County Sheriff’s Office was also given a budget worth $448,000 to acquire a rapid DNA testing system….

The last project is for the proposed History and Nature Center at Brewery Park in Tumwater. Olympia Tumwater Foundation is set to receive $750,000 through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s community development fund to develop the project.

Posted by Steve on December 29, 2022 at 12:01 am | Permalink

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