COLUMBUS – State Representative Jeff LaRe (R-Violet Twp.) today announced state lawmakers have begun hearings today on Ohio’s proposed two-year state construction budget. It includes funding for a variety of initiatives across the state and aids local projects across the 77th house district.
“While I have been pushing for more resources for our district given the circumstances, this will be a great benefit to our communities,” said LaRe. “Projects within our communities will receive more than double the funds from the 133rd General Assembly’s capital budget compared to the last two General Assemblies. For this accomplishment, I am extremely gratified.”
Fairfield County will receive a total of $900,000. Local projects for the 77th house district funded in the bill include the following:
- Millersport Canal Restoration – Phase I: $250,000
- Buckeye Lake Dredge: $200,000
- Lancaster All Abilities Playground: $150,000
- Pickerington Soccer Association Facility Improvement: $150,000
- Buckeye Lake Crystal Lagoon: $75,000
- Ohio Glass Museum: $40,000
- Wendel Concert Stage: $35,000
The capital bill is being included in Senate Bill 310, which is currently pending in a House-Senate conference committee. The measure is expected to be approved by the legislature this week. The bill would then go to Governor Mike DeWine for his signature.
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 the following:
- $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.
- $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.
- $50 million for county jail projects. Funding will be allocated through a competitive, needs-based process.
- $10 million for safety grants for K-12 schools and Ohio’s colleges and universities.
For more information, contact Rep. LaRe’s office at (614) 466-8100 or firstname.lastname@example.org