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After weeks of negotiations, state House and Senate lawmakers released their agreed-upon capital budget for 2007-2009 tonight, with a vote coming soon.

For the blog’s Spokane-area readers, here’s a look at some of the local projects slated for cash:
*Mirabeau Point Children’s Universal Park: $800,000.
*Mobius: $800,000.
*Spokane whitewater park: $530,000.
*Avista Stadium renovations: $2 million.
*Spokane Valley Community Center and Food Bank: $260,000.
*Chewelah Peak Environmental Learning Center: $1 million.
*Eastern Washington State Historical Society (the Museum of Arts and Culture): $2.2 million.
*Fox Theater: $2 million.
*Sex-offender treatment program building at *Airway Heights prison: $5 million
*Colville armory: $942,000
*Washington State University, including $58 million for a biotechnology building in Pullman and $29 million for two classroom buildings in Vancouver: $190 million.
*Eastern Washington University, including $10.8 million to renovate Hargreaves Hall and $2 million toward a remodel of Patterson Hall: $38 million.
*Spokane Community college, including $2.4 million for a technical education building: $3.4 million.
*Spokane Falls Community College, including a chemistry and life science building, music building 15 renovation: $6.3 million.
*Gladish Center, Pullman: $48,000.
*Salvation Army, Spokane: $275,000.
*N.A.T.I.V.E. Project, Spokane: $375,000.
*YMCA of the Inland Northwest (new facility in North Spokane): $800,000.
*Fish Lake Trail: $1 million.
*Spokane YWCA/YMCA joint project in Spokane: $2.5 million.
*Spokane East Central Community Center: $150,000.
*Spokane Emmanuel Center: $500,000.
*Buying Antoine Peak land: $1.4 million.
*Spokane’s Northeast Community Center: $1 million.
*Buying land for a community park Spokane’s Greenacres neighborhood: $306,000.
*Fishing dock at Newman Lake: $250,000.

To scan the 286-page budget bill for yourself please click here.

For a shorter, 50-page summary, click here.

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