Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire has approved a $1 billion stimulus plan that seeks to get construction workers back on the job.
Gregoire signed the measure Monday at Tacoma Community College. She talked about the importance of having a robust construction industry in the state and said she expects the measure will create thousands of jobs.
The package includes a geographically diverse group of projects, including economic development efforts, weatherization enhancements and environmental improvements.
The spending plans were approved with broad support in the state Legislature.
Mid-Columbia projects over $1 million include:
-- $45 million for a veterans nursing home in Walla Walla.
-- $10.4 million for a Tri-Tech skills center branch in Walla Walla.
-- $5 million for the Wine Science Center at Washington State University Tri-Cities.
-- $4.2 million for a reservoir in Kennewick.
-- $3.7 million for an "Alternative Energy and Innovation Center" in Walla Walla.
-- $2.8 million for Railex warehouse infrastructure at Wallula.
-- $2.2 million for the replacement of a railroad bridge over Columbia Park Trail in Richland.
-- $1.8 million for the Heritage industrial rail expansion in Pasco.
-- $1.5 million for an American Baptist Homes senior/disabled housing project in Richland.
-- $1.2 million for rail hub development at the Port of Pasco.