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By Byron Patten and Chloe Wilhelm - Staff Reporters

Talks to provide funding for the renovation of Building 26 at Highline are back on with the start of the 2018 Legislative session.

Lawmakers failed to pass a capital budget last year, putting $4.1 billion in projects around the state in limbo. Those projects include $23.4 million to renovate Building 26 at Highline.

With this funding, the planned renovation of Building 26 included a 15,000-square foot expansion, as well as a fitness and wellness center, a student lounge, an improved nursing facility, and life science laboratories.

Last year, the budget was approved by the Democratic-controlled House, but the Republican-controlled Senate wouldn't agree with the House's bill because of a dispute over a separate water and development issue.

However, local legislators think that the outcome will be different this year, due to the result of last November's elections when Democrats took control of the state Senate.

Legislators said it is expected that the new budget will remain the same, but they are supportive of the budget and are looking forward to the bill being passed.

"There is an expectation that we won't change the capital budget," said state Rep. Zack Hudgins, D-Tukwila.

Rep. Mike Pellicciotti, D-Federal Way, also anticipates that the budget will include funding for Building 26, as did a spokesman for Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Des Moines.

"I supported the inclusion of Highline's Building 26 in the Capital Budget," Rep. Pellicciotti said. "The House of Representatives has previously passed this budget, and I look forward to the Senate approving this improvement to campus when they approve the Capital Budget."

Rep. Mia Gregerson, D-SeaTac, is also supportive of the funding of Building 26. She said more than 100 hours have been spent trying to move the budget on the Democratic side.

"There is no reason we shouldn't be working towards this," she said.

The bill has been referred to the House Capital Budget Committee, but no action has been scheduled as of Wednesday. Budget bills tends to have later deadlines, so the bill could be moved at any time throughout the session.

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If you want to join a club at Highline but have questions, visit the Club Fair next Tuesday. The fair will take place in the Mt. Constance room in Building 8. The fair will occur from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Jan. 23, and will have representatives from many of the clubs on campus.

Help with Transfer Portfolio

Students who are planning on transferring to a four-year school but need help with their personal statement essay can attend a seminar on Thursday, Feb. 1. The event will take place in the MESA Center in Building 25 from 12:15-1:15 p.m. Students who want their portfolios reviewed by a representative from surrounding colleges will have that opportunity on Thursday, Feb. 8. The event will take place in the Mt. Constance room from 1:30-4 p.m. Students must register by Jan. 25. You can register in Building 6 in the Transfer Center, or online at

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