On January 15, Governor Chris Gregoire unveiled her $1.2 billion economic stimulus package encouraging consumer spending, creating jobs and providing more unemployment assistance. The construction portion of that stimulus package was $800 million for construction projects. More than half of the $800 million, approximately $427 million, involves new projects already proposed in the Governor’s recent budget request. The remainder consists of previously approved transportation projects that are not scheduled to start for some time. The Governor wants to access $400 million from the state unemployment program’s reserves that are estimated in excess of $4 billion.