With the state’s operating budget having been set last summer, my colleagues and I in the Ohio legislature are focusing our attention on a different type of budget, the capital budget, which is introduced in even numbered years. Senate Bill 310 is the capital budget for 2016, and allocates funds that support state parks, universities and correctional facilities, as well as school construction and community improvement projects.

Senate Bill 310 invests nearly $2.6 billion back into the buckeye state. The largest portion of this funding, $650 million, is headed toward Ohio’s primary and secondary education facilities, maintaining healthy and safe learning environments for our young students.

Additionally, the capital budget provides $160 million for community projects throughout the state, including $22.6 million for projects slated to receive funding right here in the Cincinnati area:

·         The Banks Phase II: Senate Bill 310 will provide $10 million for this project that includes a multi-level parking structure with 760 additional parking spaces and structural support for mixed use development. This funding will assist in revitalizing this once unsightly area.
·         Center for Addiction Treatment Expansion and Glenway Outpatient Opiate Facility: The opiate epidemic has plagued all areas of Ohio and that includes our communities in Hamilton County. $2.2 million has been allocated to these two facilities to aid in the care and rehabilitation of our addicted population. 
·         Barrett Cancer Center: $2 million is set for the UC Health Barrett Center for drug development, labs, imaging, proteomics, and personnel; and specifically gene sequencers and tissue bank development.
·         Cincinnati Zoo: The zoo’s popular exhibit, “Gorilla World” is expected to receive $1.75 to help with costs of creating a new indoor habitat.

This is just a sampling of the Hamilton projects that are anticipated to receive funding. For more details on these and other community projects, please contact my office: (614) 466-9001 or Rep29@ohiohouse.gov.

Senate Bill 310 passed the Senate with strong bipartisan support and is currently being vetted in the House, with anticipation of passage within few weeks. I’m excited to see the results of all the projects being funded by the 2016 capital budget and believe they will make Hamilton County and all of Ohio’s communities more welcoming than ever before.

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