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Ohio House Approves New State Construction Budget

June 1, 2022
Scott Oelslager News

COLUMBUS - The Ohio House of Representatives has approved the state’s two-year construction budget, a $3.5 billion plan that funds a variety of educational, recreational and public safety needs throughout the state.

The legislation, House Bill 687, includes $100 million for school safety, which will help public and private schools address local building security needs, as well as $191 million in community projects.

“This budget is fiscally prudent and makes historic investments in our state and our communities,” House Finance Committee Chairman Scott Oelslager (R-North Canton). “This legislation will have a positive, lasting economic impact across Ohio and improve the quality of life for Ohioans.”

The legislation includes a $1.2 billion incentive package for the Intel project. Intel is planning a $20 billion capital investment in building two semiconductor factories in Ohio. The project will create 3,000 high-tech, high-wage jobs, plus 7,000 construction jobs over the course of the build.

The project is expected to support jobs across Ohio. Intel has more than 140 suppliers throughout the state.

“This is a once in a generation, transformational economic development opportunity. This project not only puts Ohio on the international stage but is going to make business leaders across America take a closer look at Ohio,” Oelslager said. “Bringing chip production back to America is good not only for Ohio’s economy but for America’s national security and industrial competitiveness.”

Other highlights of the bill include: 

  • $600 million for school building construction, renovation and repair through the state’s school facilities program
  • $457 million for colleges and universities 
  • $400 million for the Public Works Commission to help communities with local road, bridge, water and sewer projects
  • $587 million for state parks and nature preserves
  • $50 million for the construction and renovation of county jails. Priority would be given to facilities with the greatest needs, as well as projects that would substantially improve the condition, safety and operational ability of the jail.

Once approved by the Ohio Senate, the budget will go to the desk of Governor Mike DeWine.