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Senate’s capital budget has $1M for Thurston Food Bank, $816K for Oly Performing Arts Center; GOP proposal goes lighter on environment projects

The Thurston County Food Bank is earmarked for $1 million in the state Senate Majority Coalition’s proposed capital budget. The money would help pay for a warehouse purchase in Tumwater, refrigeration equipment in the new storage space and also a new roof for the food bank’s distribution center in downtown Olympia.

The $3.6 billion Senate proposal authored by Republican Sen. Jim Honeyford of Sunnyside went public Tuesday, and the House is expected to follow suit at noon Wednesday with its capital-construction plan.

The Senate proposal has money for other South Sound projects of note:

  •  $816,000 for the Washington

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GA Building demolition picks up a vote of support

A consultant brought in last year to recommend whether to repair or replace the state’s General Administration Building said the best option – for the money – is to replace it fully with a new $161 million structure that could also hold the State Library.

That idea hasn’t gotten any immediate traction with the Legislature, and the Department of Enterprise Services did not ask for money in December to get that concept rolling. But Rep. Gary Alexander is hoping to breathe new life into the replacement-building idea outlined by consultant SRG – after he won

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