Senate District 18
John Eklund
 
 
 
 
Eklund Announces $2.62 Billion Capital Improvement Bill, Highlights Area Projects
February 28, 2018

COLUMBUS - State Senator John Eklund (R-Munson Township) this week announced the introduction of the state's Capital Budget, a $2.62 billion investment in Ohio's infrastructure and local community projects. 


The Ohio General Assembly generally approves a capital budget every two years with the goal of funding needed improvements to public services and facilities across the state, including schools, roads and bridges, waterways and parks. The companion bills introduced in each chamber significantly increase the capital investment in mental health and addiction services facilities.

“Ohio’s ability to make these kinds of investments reflects the solid fiscal position of our state,” said Eklund. “Sound financial policies position us to purposely tackle capital projects that will keep Ohio great.”

Lake, Geauga and Portage counties all received state funding for various projects. Among others, these projects included $160,000 to the Painesville Addiction Recovery Center, $900,000 toward the University Hospital's Geauga Medical Center, and $250,000 for Hiram College's Learning and Technology Collaborative.

For a full list of community projects sorted by county, click here.

STATEWIDE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CAPITAL BILL:

Supporting Ohio's Schools



  • $600 million will be invested in local school construction, including repairs, renovations and maintenance for primary and secondary facilities.

  • Over $483 million will be invested in projects supporting Ohio’s 37 public colleges and universities.


Supporting Ohio's Infrastructure



  • $514 million will go to local infrastructure projects through the Public Works Commission, including local roads, bridges, water-supply systems, storm sewers and wastewater systems. 

  • This includes $100 million to support the Clean Ohio program, which funds the preservation of green space, farmland, open spaces and expanded recreational opportunities.

  • Over $234 million for the maintenance and preservation of Ohio’s dams, parks, trails, waterways and wildlife.


Supporting Ohioans in Need



  • Nearly $222 million will be invested in critical health and human services funding for youth services, developmental disabilities, mental health, addiction treatment and women’s health initiatives, over double the amount spent in the last capital budget.

  • This includes $20 million for new opioid community resiliency projects.


Supporting Ohio's Communities



  • Nearly $150 million will be used for economic development and cultural projects of local and regional importance to boost growth and increase opportunities throughout the state, in addition to supporting the healthcare projects above.


The companion bills were introduced today in the Ohio Senate as Senate Bill 266 and in the Ohio House as House Bill 529 and are available for review at www.legislature.ohio.gov.
 
For more information on the Capital Budget bill process, visit http://www.obm.ohio.gov/budget/capital/.


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