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Session News: Senate releases capital budget with funding for UW Chemical Sciences and energy renewal projects

The Senate unveiled their capital budget proposal today with full funding for the UW’s top capital request: $5 million for the modernization of Chemical Sciences and renovation of Bagley Hall. The proposal also funded five UW energy renewal and decarbonization projects using Climate Commitment Act dollars, including centralized chilled water capacity improvements in Seattle, gas boiler replacements at UW Bothell and UW Tacoma, HVAC systems renewal at UW Medical Center Montlake, and central utility planning at UW Medical Center Northwest.

The proposal will be heard tonight in the Ways & Means Committee and Joe Dacca, Director of State Relations, will testify in support. The House will release their capital budget proposal in the next few days and it will be heard in the Capital Budget Committee this upcoming Tuesday, Feb. 20.

Regarding the operating budgets, the Senate plans to unveil their proposal this Sunday, Feb. 18 and the House will release theirs Monday afternoon. Both will be heard in their respective fiscal committees, Ways & Means and Appropriations, Monday evening. After the proposals are heard, budget writers from both chambers will work to reconcile them. Final budgets will be released and voted on before the end of legislative session on March 7.

For questions about the budget proposals or process, contact the Office of State Relations here.