COLUMBUS—State Representative Steve Huffman (R-Tipp City) has announced that the Ohio House has passed the state capital budget, which invests $2.62 billion statewide, including $1.25 million in funding for projects in the 80th House District.

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. Huffman worked with local government and community leaders in Darke and Miami Counties to understand their needs and priorities.

Local projects include:
• Tri County Board of Recovery and Mental Health Services “One Wellness Place”
• Piqua Great Miami River Trail Bridge Replacement
• Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum Interpretative Exhibits
• Arcanum-Butler Local School District Agriculture Education Facility
• Greenville City Parks


“I was pleased to see the capital budget pass the House yesterday,” said Huffman. “The funds allocated will help support Miami and Darke counties in the areas of education, mental health and addiction resources, and other important community projects.”

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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