Tackling Ohio's Infrastructure Needs
By Rep. Mike Henne (R-Clayton)
April 15, 2013
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It is budget season at the Statehouse. By June 30th, the state operating budget will be officially signed into law, covering spending priorities for Fiscal Years 2014 and 2015.

Late last month, the House and Senate concurred on the transportation budget, which Governor Kasich signed into law on April 1st. The bill provides more than $2.5 billion annually for upgrading roads and other projects over the next two years.

A major component of the bill also involved the Ohio Turnpike. While the Turnpike likely is not often utilized by people in the Dayton area, it is an important part of infrastructure funding in the state. Allowing the Turnpike to sell up to $1.5 billion in bonds should bring more money into the state to fund Turnpike projects, which should free up more revenue to be used for needed road repairs all over the state. For example, the bill will enable the projects currently underway in downtown Dayton to continue without raising taxes or selling assets.

Other items in the bill include raising the speed limit from 65 to 70 mph on rural interstates, reducing the cost of late fees for motor vehicle registrations from $20 to $10 and extend the seven-day grace period to 30 days.

The importance of infrastructure cannot be overlooked when it comes to expanding the jobs market in the state. Businesses need strong roads and bridges in order to ship their products and a lagging infrastructure is a major deterrent to companies coming to our state. I think the ideas outlined in the state’s transportation budget address a policy area that had been falling behind in Ohio.

Finally, I would like to invite the constituents of the 40th House District to fill out my legislative survey. The survey includes questions that give you the opportunity to share your opinions on a number of important issues currently facing our state, including education and taxes. It can be accessed at http://tinyurl.com/HenneSurvey. I look forward to hearing from you.

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