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Council Members Request State Money For River Cleanup, Med School

Paige Browning
Spokane Public Radio

An integrated clean water plan, a medical school, and the North South Corridor. Those are the 2015 legislative priorities announced by a group of city council members at a news conference Wednesday. Council President Ben Stuckart and council members Candace Mumm and Jon Snyder released the two page list of state requests. Mumm said Spokane is among a handful of cities to adopt an integrated clean water plan, aimed at reducing pollutants in the Spokane River.

Mumm: “We are embarking on the largest city project in the history of Spokane, more than 300-million dollars in improvements. Spokane citizens will be picking up 80 percent of that cost, but we are seeking a partnership with the state for the rest.

The list also includes two-and-a-half million dollars in startup funds for the proposed Washington State University medical school, something that school dean Ken Roberts thanked the council for. And, council members ask that the legislature pass a gas tax and transportation funding package that will complete the North South Corridor and a new Central City line in Spokane.

The priorities have not yet been voted on by the entire council, but are on the agenda for Monday. Council member Snyder says he wants the public involved in the discussion.

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