COLUMBUS—State Representative Jim Hughes (R-Upper Arlington) has announced that the Ohio House has passed the state capital budget, which invests $2.62 billion statewide.


The capital budget, House Bill 529, contains funding for needed improvements to public services and facilities across the state, including schools, roads and bridges, waterways and parks. The bill also increases investments in mental health and addiction services facilities.


Rep. Hughes worked with local government and community leaders in Franklin County to understand their needs and priorities.


Local projects include:
• Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare Campus
• Alvis House Opiate Addiction Treatment Center
• Upper Arlington Veterans Memorial
• Upper Arlington Multi-Modal Transportation Project
• Hilliard Miracle Field
• Prairie Township Artificial Turf Soccer Fields
• Freedom Café Project
• Dublin Smart Community Connect Project


“I am excited that Franklin County will see so many important projects funded through this capital budget,” said Rep. Hughes. “We are making significant investments in critical areas, such as addiction recovery, education and community projects.”


Ensuring a commitment to Ohio’s students and preparing them for the workforce, the bill makes a statewide investment of $600 million in school construction, including repairs, renovations and maintenance, as well as $483 million for projects supporting Ohio’s public colleges and universities.


The bill also features $514 million to repair roads, bridges, water-supply systems and storm sewers. This includes $100 million to support the Clean Ohio program, which funds the preservation of green space, farmland, open spaces and expanded recreational opportunities.


The state continues to promote policies aimed at stemming the tide of addiction, and the capital budget works to help local communities in this effort. Nearly $222 million was invested for critical health and human services funding for youth services, developmental disabilities, mental health, addiction treatment and women’s health initiatives.


House Bill 529 now heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.


For more information, visit http://www.obm.ohio.gov/budget/capital/.

 
 
 
  
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