COLUMBUS –Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) issued a statement following the final passage of House Bill (HB) 74, the state’s two-year transportation budget. Democrats fought against the governor’s proposed cuts to public transit funding in the bill, securing more than $221 million over the next two years, more than doubling the governor’s proposed investment.
“I am especially pleased that this bill contained the amendment giving Toledo Area Transit Authority the ability to restructure its membership and funding mechanism,” said Rep. Hicks-Hudson. “This amendment was two General Assemblies in the making, and it is a game changer for our region. I am pleased that all aspects of our community came together to help us advocate for our citizens.”
Other key Democratic wins in the transportation budget include:
Ensuring fairness and transparency of taxpayer dollars by requiring more highway construction and maintenance projects are subject to competitive bidding;
Removing the governor’s proposed hikes in vehicle registration and other fees to save Ohioans money;
Securing funds for public transit vouchers for victims of domestic violence who need help getting to court, medical appointments and school.
The transportation budget now moves to the governor to be signed into law.