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Fraizer Announces Capital Budget Bill

December 15, 2020
Mark Fraizer News

COLUMBUS – State Representative Mark Fraizer (R-Newark) 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 71st house district.

“I am excited for these noble and opportune projects for our district,” said Fraizer. “Our ability and priority continues to focus on improving the quality of life for our constituents and working closely with local governments and entities. I am excited to continue to see state investments in our community projects.”

Licking County will receive a total of $1,313,000. Local projects for the 71st house district funded in the bill include the following:

  • Munson Springs Nature Preserve and Historical Site: $200,000
  • Shared Used Path Connector: $200,000
  • Louis Sullivan Building of Newark Restoration and Adaptive Reuse: $489,000
  • Midland Theatre Project: $324,000
  • Save a Warrior Project: $100,000

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. 

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Representative Mark Fraizer is currently serving his first term as state representative for the 71st Ohio House District, which includes portions of Licking County. 

For more information, contact Rep. Fraizer’s office at (614) 466-1482 or rep71@ohiohouse.gov