Senate Passes $2.62 Billion Capital Budget, Uecker Highlights Southern Ohio Projects
COLUMBUS—State Senator Joe Uecker (R-Miami Township) today announced the Senate passage of the state's Capital Budget, a $2.62 billion investment in Ohio's infrastructure and local community projects.
“I am happy to join my Senate colleagues in passing legislation that has such a large impact on our community,” said Uecker. “It will be great to see these projects unfold and come to fruition in the coming months.”
In total, Clermont, Brown, Adams and Scioto counties received approximately $2.96 million in funding for a variety of important community projects. Examples of projects that have been approved in the 14th Senate District include:
- Wilson Children's Home Project: $250,000 was allocated to support efforts to modernize and update the Children's Home in order to ensure the health, safety and quality of life for the children in the home's care who have suffered severely as a result of the opioid epidemic. In 2016, 56% of the children taken into care had parents who were addicted to opioids.
- Agricultural Society Junior Fair Arena Project: $150,000 was put towards construction of a Junior Fair Covered Arena. This facility will provide an all-weather venue to broaden the scope of events that can be hosted, drawing more visitors to the area and bolstering small business.
- Southern Ohio Medical Center: $350,000 has been allocated to expand the Hospice Inpatient Center in Scioto County to provide additional patient rooms, a new meditation room, a common gathering room, family restrooms/showers, upgraded kitchen and service areas as well as complete remodels and upgrades to the original 12 patient rooms.
- Mercy Health Dental Residency Program: $500,000 will be used to build new dental operating rooms to enhance their ability to provide additional care coordination to under-served and high-risk patients. The program is crucial for a number of area residents who lack access to dental care.
For a full list of community projects 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 Capital Budget will now go to the Governor's desk for signing. For more information on the Capital Budget bill process, visit http://www.obm.ohio.gov/budget/capital/.