Historic preservationists and heritage advocates have been looking to the future as much as to the past in recent weeks as Olympia, in the face of yet another revenue shortfall, struggles to build a budget for Fiscal Year 2014-2015. With a new governor at the helm, and an unconventional power-sharing arrangement in the state Senate this year, nobody is sure how things are going to end up.
On the heels of Governor Jay Inslee’s unveiling of his budget late last month, the Legislature is expected to introduce its budget proposals the first week of April. Hanging in the balance is the funding of several venerable agencies and programs that champion heritage and historic preservation causes, including the Washington State Historical Society and the state history museums, the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, the Washington State Parks System (celebrating its centennial this year), and the Heritage Capital Projects Fund, which includes 15 projects in King County. Stay tuned!