OLYMPIA – The long-delayed, $4 billion dollar state construction budget passed today by the Senate includes $1.8 million for local community projects in the 45h Legislative District.

Sen. Manka Dhingra, D-Redmond, said the budget will fund construction of the Northshore Athletic Fields in Woodinville and the Willows Road Regional Trail Connection in Kirkland. Statewide, the budget will fund the largest-ever investment in K-12 school construction – about $1 billion.

“We did it!” Dhingra said. “Budgets are value statements. This budget shows that we are committed to fulfilling the state’s promise of fully funding public education and building new facilities for Washington’s 1.1 million school-aged children. This takes us one-step closer to ensuring that every student in Washington has access to a quality education and an individualized plan for success.”

Additionally, more than $112 million will go toward mental health services including $65 million for community mental health beds, and about $20 million to both Eastern and Western state hospitals for patient safety enhancements and renovations.