Yesterday, the State Legislature passed the 2011-2013 Capital Budget. Unfortunately, it did not include PNA's grant request of $995,000 for the Blue Building Renovation project. Last July, the Washington State Historical Society Advisory Board recommended our request for full funding through the Heritage Capital Projects Fund. Funding for these projects has been appropriated without fail since 1997. Not this year, however.
Despite strong advocacy efforts, we were caught up in issues beyond our control. The Capital Budget only includes $1.2 million for Heritage Projects, enough to fund the first nine of 29 proposed projects.
Thank you to everyone who contacted their legislators in support of PNA's project -- we had a lot of positive responses and support from our elected officials! While this news creates a challenge for the Capital Campaign, we are determined to continue moving forward and confident that our community will rise to this challenge.
If you'd like to contribute to the Capital Campaign, click here or contact Ann Bowden at email@example.com.