COLUMBUS - Today, Democratic legislators in the Mahoning Valley Delegation announced that several million dollars in capital budget funds will go to projects in the Valley. The list of projects can be found below. Senate and House members representing Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties released the following statements:

Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman): “I am very pleased to see the Mahoning Valley was well represented and received its fair share of appropriations in this year’s capital budget. These dollars will be invested directly into our communities, furthering the economic growth and revitalization that is occurring throughout the region. I believe all of our proposals submitted are worthwhile investments, and I look forward to working with each of these organizations in the future.”

Senator Capri Cafaro (D-Hubbard): “I am proud to see that, once again, the 32nd District has received funds from this year’s Capital Budget. This funding will help provide our communities with the vital resources they need to function effectively and improve our local infrastructures as a result. I recognize the importance of strengthening our communities through critical investments in economic development, healthcare facilities, higher education, the environment and our cultural institutions. I will continue to advocate to ensure all these projects are included in the final bill.”

Representative Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown): "I am very pleased to see projects we fought for included in the Capital Appropriations Bill. These are important improvements that will go a long way to strengthen our community by investing in wonderful civic partners here in Youngstown and the Valley. We want all projects to be fully funded, but I am still very proud of our delegation’s work in securing $6 million for these developments that will be so beneficial to our region."

Representative John Boccieri (D-Poland): “The delegation is pleased that the first introduction of the capital budget includes so many of the projects we championed. We will still fight for those projects that didn’t make this review but have tremendous importance for our community’s priorities, like the water infrastructure improvements at Lake Milton or the Air Force Base building acquisition.”

Representative Michael J. O'Brien (D-Warren): “I’m so pleased that Mahoning Valley projects have been included in the proposed capital budget bill. The investment in a passenger elevator for the W.D. Packard Music Hall will not only enhance the facility; but will also improve accessibility particularly for our senior citizens.  The addition of an elevator will also increase audiences at the music hall which will have a significant economic impact on local businesses.”

 

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