COLUMBUS—State Representative Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) has announced that the Ohio House has passed the state capital budget, which invests $2.62 billion statewide, including $1,200,000 in funding for projects in the 51st 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. Retherford worked with local government and community leaders in the 51st House District to understand their needs and priorities.

Local projects include:
• Butler Tech’s Manufacturing Center Initiative ($200,000)
• Champion Mill Conference and Events Center ($1,000,000)

“The capital budget is a great tool for our local communities to be able to access funds for projects needed to improve the quality of life in Butler County,” said Retherford. “I appreciate the legislature’s hard work on this issue and look forward to seeing it through to the end. I remain fully committed in continuing my support of projects that may still need additional help.”

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.

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