COLUMBUS—The Ohio House of Representatives today passed the capital budget bill, legislation that invests $2.62 billion statewide for community improvement projects and 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.


State Representative Scott Ryan (R-Granville Township), who sponsored the bill and is vice chair of the House Finance Committee, issued the following statement:


“I would like to thank the local families, business owners, schools, parks, nonprofit organizations, universities, as well as county commissioners, treasurers, city officials, and mayors for all the efforts they put into funding these individual projects. Also, I want to commend the members in the House and Senate for their collaboration with our local community partners and their endeavors to improve the communities they serve. It is a great accomplishment to be sending this bill to the Senate today so we can continue the process of making Ohio an even better place to live and raise a family.”


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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