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Cutrona Supports Millions in Upcoming Capital Bill

December 15, 2020
Al Cutrona News

State Rep. Al Cutrona (R-Canfield) announces and supports the upcoming two-year state construction budget, which includes funding for a variety of initiatives across the state as well as aid for local projects throughout Mahoning County. The capital bill is being included in Senate Bill 310, which is currently pending in a House-Senate conference committee.

“This capital bill is going to help uplift our communities,” said Cutrona. “Along with sufficient allocations for our state agencies, Mahoning County is set to receive local funding totaling $2.7 million for construction and infrastructure investments across the Valley.”

Local projects in Mahoning County funded in the bill include:

  • Akron Children's Beeghly Hospital, $500,000;
  • Mahoning County Center and Technical Center and Valley STEM, $400,000;
  • Forest Lawn Flood Plain Restoration and Wildlife Trail, $500,000;
  • Poland Municipal Forest Restoration, $100,000;
  • OH WOW! The Roger and Gloria Jones Children's Center for Science and Technology, $350,000;
  • Stambaugh Auditorium, $350,000;
  • Butler Institute of American Art, $275,000;
  • McKelvey Lake Park, $175,000; and
  • Jewish Community Center JCC Youth Arts Project, $50,000.

Statewide, the bill includes more than $2 billion in new capital appropriations for a wide variety of infrastructure across Ohio. This is in addition to more than $500 million previously approved by lawmakers for schools and local infrastructure projects.

Statewide highlights include:

  • $452 million for the Department of Higher Education, which includes funding for traditional and regional campuses and community colleges;
  • $300 million for K-12 school building construction and improvements;
  • $10 million for safety grants for K-12 schools and Ohio’s colleges and universities;
  • $280 million for the Ohio Public Works Commission, which supports a variety of infrastructure initiatives, including local water, sewer and road projects;
  • $62.5 million for the Clean Ohio Program; and
  • $50 million for county jail projects. Funding will be allocated through a competitive, needs-based process.

The legislation awaits further consideration within the conference committee.