Senate District 31
Jay Hottinger
Senate Passes $2.6 Billion State Capital Bill, Hottinger Highlights Licking, Tuscarawas And Holmes Counties
March 22, 2018

COLUMBUS—State Senator Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) this week announced the Senate passage of the state's Capital Budget, a $2.62 billion investment in Ohio's infrastructure, highlighting local community projects in Licking County. 

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 House and Senate versions of the bill, simultaneously introduced and vetted in the lower- and upper-chambers, both significantly increase the capital investment in mental health and addiction services facilities.

Senator Hottinger 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."

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

For a full list of local projects investing in Tuscarawas and Holmes 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. 

House Bill 529 now heads to the Governor for a signature. For more information on the Capital Budget bill process, visit


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