COLUMBUS—State Representative Ron Young (R-Leroy Twp.) has announced that the Ohio House has passed the state capital budget, which invests in communities statewide, including more than $6 million in funding for projects in Lake County.

The capital budget 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. Young worked with state and local government and community leaders in Lake County to understand their needs and priorities.

Local projects include:
• Lake County Painesville Addiction Recovery Center
• Merrick Hutchinson Memorial Park
• Manry Park Exercise Trail Improvements
• Chagrin Riverbank Stabilization
• Eastlake Field and Press Box
• Unionville Tavern Restoration Structural Rehabilitation
• Willoughby Fine Arts Association
• Lakeland Community College
• Lake County Extended Housing Wellness Center Renovation

“Lake County has been very hard hit by opioid addiction drug overdoses and deaths. The result is a breakdown of family structure, child displacement, and excessive burdens placed on law enforcement, health and education services,” said Young. “While I believe all of the projects funded were deserving of the state’s investment, the urgent needs imposed by this addiction crisis make funding for the addiction recovery center extremely gratifying. Many players in our community came together to make this funding a reality. I want to thank the Lake County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board, Lake Health, Signature Health and Windsor-Laurelwood for their investment in this project. I believe it will help save many lives in Lake County.”

The state continues to promote additional policies aimed at stemming the tide of addiction, and this 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.

Ensuring a commitment to Ohio’s students and preparing them for the workforce, the bill also makes a major statewide investment in school construction, including repairs, renovations and maintenance, as well as funding 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 funding to support the Clean Ohio program, which funds the preservation of green space, farmland, open spaces and expanded recreational opportunities.

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

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