COLUMBUS – State Representative Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) announced the passage of the capital budget, HB 687, by the Ohio House of Representatives yesterday. The capital budget appropriates resources to state owned infrastructure, colleges, universities, and school districts as well as other community projects. The capital budget is typically passed every 2 years with this year’s budget appropriating over $3.5 billion to counties across Ohio with $191 million being allocated to community projects.
“We are living in a moment of revitalization in the Mahoning Valley with everyone coming together to define our next chapter. Supporting the arts and the artists who have lifted us up throughout the pandemic, and who are a strong part of our local identity is something I am so proud to do,” said Rep. Lepore-Hagan. “As a member of the Ohio House, I have always and will always fight to make our area a better and stronger place to live.”
Rep. Lepore-Hagan helped to secure an additional $4,465,000 in funding for a number of community projects, including:
$ 500,000 for Mahoning County Agricultural Society: Canfield Fair
$ 750,000 for Environmental Education Pavilion at Forest Lawn Stormwater Park
$ 140,000 for Austintown Township Park Bandshell Replacement
$ 600,000 for DeYor Performing Arts Center
$ 600,000 for OH WOW! The Roger and Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science and Technology
$ 300,000 for Butler Art Museum
$ 250,000 for Youngstown Heritage Manor
$ 25,000 for Poland Historical Society
$ 400,000 for Youngstown Flying High
$ 250,000 for Canfield Innovative Energy and Technology Workforce Training Center
$ 650,000 for Lowellville Community Literacy Workforce and Cultural Center
Additionally, Rep. Lepore-Hagan also advocated for BRITE Energy Innovators, resulting in an additional $500,000 for renovations in Warren.
Included in HB 687 is a significant appropriation of American Rescue Plan Act dollars, made possible by Congressional Democrats and President Joe Biden. The $407,875,000 in ARPA dollars for state fiscal recovery funding will be used for the following purposes:
$ 71.73 million to the Animal Disease Laboratory (ODA)
$ 137 million for improvements to state park facilities (DNR)
$ 15 million for improvements to trail facilities statewide (DNR)
$ 50 million for improvements to water and wastewater facilities (DNR)
$ 34.14 million for capital improvements at state correctional facilities (DRC)
$ 100 million to provide grants up to $100,000 per school building to improve the overall physical security and safety of their buildings (FCC)
The capital budget now heads to the Governor’s desk.