Senate District 31
Jay Hottinger
Hottinger and Ryan Announce $2.6 Billion State Capital Bill
February 26, 2018

COLUMBUS—State Senator Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) and State Representative Scott Ryan (R-Granville Township) today announced the introduction of the state's Capital Budget, a $2.62 billion investment in Ohio's infrastructure, highlighting local community projects in Licking County. 
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 identical companion bills introduced today in each chamber also increase the capital investment in mental health and addiction services facilities.

Senator Hottinger and Representative Ryan worked with the local government and community leaders in Licking County to understand their needs and priorities.

"I am pleased with what we were able to accomplish together for our communities through this Capital Budget," said Hottinger. “These investments in crucial infrastructure and economic development projects will surely enhance the quality of life for these communities.

“I am pleased to announce significant state investment in several locally identified high priority capital projects,” added  Ryan. “These projects will help our communities in their continual quest to maximize residents ability to live, work, and raise their families in Licking County.”

For a full list of local projects investing in Licking County click here.


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. 

  • A full list of local projects by county and agency will be available online at by the time the Senate and House Finance committees meet on Tuesday, February 27.

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 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 and  
For more information on the Capital Budget bill process, visit


of terms
What is session? What is a caucus? Find out about these and other commonly used terms related to the Ohio Senate.