Inslee includes $2.25 million for Bainbridge projects in federal budget requests

A Bainbridge company's project to prevent E. coli contamination in meat bound for the military and the Bainbridge Japanese American Memorial stand to be big winners in a package of federal funding requests submitted by U.S. Rep. and islander Jay Inslee.

Inslee's requests for the 2010 federal budget included $2.25 million for the two Bainbridge projects. Of that, $1.5 million would go to Ozone International, a Miller Road-based company that is developing a system to prevent E. coli contamination in slaughter yards that provide meat to the military. Another $750,000 would be used by the Bainbridge Japanese Memorial to purchase interpretive materials and fund planning for a future visitors center.

Inslee's other requests included money for improvement projects in Kingston and Suquamish, and $3 million to pay for manufacturing propulsion systems for four 144-car Washington State Ferries boats planned for construction.

In a message posted on his official website, Inslee said his office had received about 100 funding requests totaling more than $623 million. Inslee wrote that his staff winnowed down the list based on public need, cost effectiveness, local and state support, matching government funds available and potential for economic stimulus.

I am careful to fully vet all projects before seeking funds to ensure that taxpayer funds are spent wisely," Inslee wrote. "The funds represented by these projects would have been spent at the discretion of federal agencies in the same amount if these specific allocations had not been made. As such, these projects do not contribute to the national debt."

Funding requests are passed on to the Appropriation Committee for further review. Senators are expected to make their requests at the end of April.

Read a full story about federal budget requests in the Review's Friday edition.

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