COLUMBUS - 

State Senator Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville) today announced the introduction of this year’s $2.6 billion Capital Budget. This investment will support the infrastructure priorities of the state and funds needed improvements to community services, school facilities, roads, bridges, waterways and parks. The legislature generally approves a capital budget every two years in order to fund pressing projects around the state.

Ohio’s strong fiscal health makes it possible to fund these, and this year’s capital spending plan will continue to grow the state’s economy and add value to Ohioans' lives.

“Our Capital Budget places special emphasis on economic growth, improving the quality of life for our most vulnerable and increasing our investments in Ohio's rural communities," said Balderson. "We are grateful for our local partners who played an important role in identifying the highest priority projects."

For a full list of local projects, click here
 
Statewide Highlights of the Capital Budget:

Supporting Our Schools

  • $650 million will be invested in local school construction, including repairs, renovations and maintenance for primary and secondary facilities.
  • More than $428 million for Ohio’s 37 public colleges and universities, while nearly $56 million more will support projects that benefit Ohio's statewide university system.

Supporting Our Infrastructure

  • A substantial portion of capital spending goes to local roads, bridges, water-supply systems, storm sewers and wastewater systems. $500 million will go to local infrastructure projects through the Public Works Commission, including up to $100 million to support the Clean Ohio program which funds preservation of green space, farmland, open spaces and expanded recreational opportunities.
  • This bill also includes $275 million for the maintenance and preservation of Ohio’s dams, parks, trails, waterways and wildlife.

Supporting Ohioans in Need

  • With nearly $100 million in funding, the state placed a strong emphasis on investing in critical health and human services funding for youth services, developmental disabilities, mental health, addiction treatment and women’s health initiatives.

Supporting Our Communities

  • Economic development and cultural projects of local and regional importance boost growth and opportunities in our communities.

These investments will help improve the lives of Ohioans and support communities across the state.

For more information on the Capital Budget bill and an overview of the process, clickhere.

 
 
 
  
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