Bill funds needed repairs and improvements to Ohio’s schools,
infrastructure, communities and public services
COLUMBUS – Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina) and State Representative Robert Cupp (R-Lima) announced this week the introduction of this year’s $2.6 billion capital budget. This investment will support the infrastructure priorities of the state and funds needed improvements to community services, school facilities, roads, bridges, waterways and parks.
The legislature generally approves a capital budget every two years in order to fund pressing construction and maintenance projects around the state. Ohio’s strong fiscal health makes it possible to take on these projects, and this year’s capital spending plan will support Ohio job creation, grow the state’s economy and add value to our communities and our citizens’ lives.
“Because of Ohio’s strong fiscal health, we can make responsible investments in our state and in our communities to improve the quality of life and encourage economic development,” said Faber. “As a Senator representing a more rural community, I was pleased we could provide an overall increase in funding to our smaller communities than in past capital budgets, and it was a privilege to work hand-in-hand with Representative Cupp and local leaders to identify projects most important to our communities.”
For a full list of projects in Allen county, click here.
“These Allen County projects will provide a great benefit to our local infrastructure, economic growth and safety,” added Cupp.
Highlights of the capital budget:
Supporting Our Schools
- $650 million will be invested in local school construction, including repairs, renovations and maintenance for primary and secondary facilities.
- More than $428 million will go to Ohio’s 37 public colleges and universities, while nearly $56 million more will support projects that benefit Ohio’ statewide university system.
Supporting Our Infrastructure
- A substantial portion of capital spending goes to local roads, bridges, water-supply systems, storm sewers and wastewater systems. $500 million will go to local infrastructure projects through the Public Works Commission, including up to $100 million to support the Clean Ohio program which funds preservation of green space, farmland, open spaces and expanded recreational opportunities.
- This bill also includes $275 million for the maintenance and preservation of Ohio’s dams, parks, trails, waterways and wildlife.
Supporting Ohioans in Need
- With nearly $100 million in funding, the state placed a strong emphasis on investing in critical health and human services funding for youth services, developmental disabilities, mental health, addiction treatment and women’s health initiatives.
Supporting Our Communities
- Economic development and cultural projects of local and regional importance boost growth and opportunities in our communities. By working with local stakeholders, the bill includes $160 million for a number of such projects.
These investments will help improve the lives of Ohioans and support communities across the state. Without strong and responsible budgeting year after year, it would not be possible to fund such projects, but as Ohio’s economy continues to grow it allows our state to responsibly invest in the projects that matter most locally.
This bill, Senate Bill 310, was introduced in this week in the Senate and is available to view online at www.ohiosenate.gov/legislation. Hearings in Senate Finance Committee began this week and can be followed online at The Ohio Channel.