COLUMBUS—State Representative Mark Romanchuk (R-Ontario) has announced that the Ohio House has passed the state capital budget, which invests $2.62 billion statewide, including $4,546,246 in funding for projects in Richland County.

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. Romanchuk worked with local community leaders in Richland County to understand their needs and priorities.

Local projects include:
• The Greenhouse Project at the Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center in Mansfield to expand a “farm to table” learning environment for individuals with disabilities and children at risk
• The Art Rising Project located at The Mansfield Art Center for its building addition to support advancing art education among Mansfield City Schools’ teachers and students.

“I was pleased to vote in favor of House Bill 529 which focuses on the most pressing needs within Ohio’s communities, and especially within my home district of Richland County,” said Rep. Romanchuk. “These projects play a valuable role in the success of our county. I am grateful for each organization which provides such a tremendous service to our community.”

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.

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

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