COLUMBUS — State Senator Scott Oelslager today announced that the Legislature has given final approval to House Bill 51, the $7.6 billion state transportation budget. In addition to funding the Ohio Departments of Transportation and Public Safety, the bill contains a plan to allow $1.5 billion in bonds to be issued on the Ohio Turnpike. These funds will be used towards infrastructure projects in northern Ohio and throughout the state.

“By investing in our infrastructure, we are also investing in tens of thousands of Ohio jobs,” Oelslager said. “I commend my colleagues for their work on this important piece of legislation, which will benefit all Ohioans by improving our roads, bridges and highways.”

Among the key components of House Bill 51 is a provision that ensures that 90 percent of the monies raised by the Turnpike bonding are spent on projects in Northern Ohio. The bill also raises the speed limit on Ohio highways outside of urban areas to 70 miles per hour and requires a stop sign or yield sign to be placed at all railroad crossings that are not equipped with warning devices such as lights or gates.

In addition, the Senate also gave bipartisan support to legislation that streamlines state and local efforts to match job seekers with work. Senate Bill 2 links all 90 One-Stop job centers in Ohio with, a statewide database of job openings that is available to both employers and those looking for work. This will enable individuals to access a greater number of job opportunities.

“There are currently more than 100,000 job openings posted on,” Oelslager said. “Linking our state and local job placement efforts will maximize their ability to match workers with available job openings, and having a consistent brand will make it easier for Ohioans to know where to go for help in finding work.”

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