COLUMBUS—Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) and Speaker of the House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) today introduced the state's Capital Budget, a $2.62 billion investment in Ohio's infrastructure and local community projects.
The legislature 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 today in each chamber also increase the capital investment in mental health and addiction services facilities.
“The state capital budget plays a major role in bringing jobs and opportunities to our hometowns, and we are able to make these investments because of responsible management of the state’s finances,” said Obhof. “I appreciate the partnership of the Speaker and the administration in working with our local communities to understand their needs and priorities.”
"This capital budget will give the legislature a tremendous opportunity to address several infrastructure and construction projects that will generate a positive return on investment for communities all across the state," said Rosenberger. "I want to commend the members of the legislature and local leaders for their collaboration and commitment to helping improve the lives of so many Ohioans through this legislation."
“Over the last several months, we’ve worked hand in hand with local government and community leaders to understand what is most needed locally,” added Senator Scott Oelslager (R-North Canton), Chair of the Senate Finance Committee. “I’m especially pleased that we were able to increase funding for opioid, mental health and addiction services. These investments will help improve the lives of Ohioans around the state."
"I appreciate the members of both the House and Senate working together to ensure that this bill benefits Ohioans throughout the state," added Rep. Scott Ryan (R-Granville Township), Vice Chair of the House Finance Committee. "I look forward to seeing the enhancements in our communities that are made because of the efforts that were put into the individual projects."
Supporting Ohio's Schools
Supporting Ohio's Infrastructure
Supporting Ohioans in Need
Supporting Ohio's Communities
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. Hearings begin Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. in the Senate Finance Committee and 11:00 a.m. in the House Finance Committee and will be broadcast live by The Ohio Channel and streamed at www.OhioSenate.gov and www.OhioHouse.gov.
For more information on the Capital Budget bill process, visit http://www.obm.ohio.gov/budget/capital/.