Senate District 33
Michael A. Rulli
 
 
 
 
 
Rulli Announces $2.1 Billion Investment in Ohio's Communities, Highlights Local Projects
Capital Bill provides economic stimulus, jobs to local communities by funding improvements to Ohio's schools, infrastructure and public services
December 15, 2020

COLUMBUS— State Senator Michael Rulli (R-Salem) today announced the introduction of the state's capital budget, a $2.1 billion investment in Ohio's schools, infrastructure, public services and local community projects. 


The legislature generally approves a capital budget every two years, and the bill funds needed improvements to public services and facilities across the state, including schools, roads and bridges, and mental health and addiction facilities. The budget was introduced today as an amendment to Senate Bill 310.

"Given this unprecedented year we have all been through, I am happy to see that many of the capital projects submitted to the General Assembly were approved for the people of the Mahoning Valley,” said Rulli. “After speaking with numerous community stakeholders over the past two years, we were finally able to get many of these projects across the finish line. Although we were not able to receive full funding for all projects submitted, I will continue to fight to make sure that our people have their voice heard in Columbus.”  


LOCAL HIGHLIGHTS
Over $171 million will be used for economic development and cultural projects of local and regional importance to boost growth and increase opportunities throughout the state. Below is a summary of key community project funding in the 33rd district. A full list of community projects can be found here.



  • $500,000 for the Beeghly Campus of Akron Children’s Hospital to support the renovation and expansion of the emergency department located at the Beeghly Campus in Boardman, Ohio. As the only pediatric hospital to serve the Mahoning Valley, the hospital is the main point of care for families in the region.

  • $400,000 for the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center to support the growth of a well-rounded, qualified workforce for the Mahoning Valley, specifically regional job training and workforce development for students and firefighters. The project targets the construction of a classroom adjacent to the nearly completed fire tower. The addition of a classroom will allow for greater accommodation for training opportunities for high school and adult students, as well as paramedics, EMT current firefighters, and other safety personnel in the Valley 

  • $350,000 for the OH WOW! Center for Science and Technology to be used for the reorganization and renovation of the facility, improving circulation and access for 100,000 explorers a year. OH WOW! is a world-class children’s science center and anchor in the heart of downtown Youngstown, Ohio.

  • $1,195,000 for community improvement projects in Columbiana County, including $400,000 for a Global Investment Hub in partnership with Youngstown State, to cultivate a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation in the community.  


STATEWIDE HIGHLIGHTS


Investing in Our Schools



  • $305 million will be invested in local school construction, including repairs, renovations and maintenance for primary and secondary facilities. This is in addition to the $300 million already approved this year by the General Assembly in Senator Rulli's Senate Bill 4.

  • $452 million will be invested in projects supporting Ohio’s 37 public colleges and universities.


Investing in Our Infrastructure



  • A substantial portion of capital spending goes to local roads, bridges, water-supply systems, storm sewers and wastewater systems, and $280 million will be directed to local infrastructure projects through the Public Works Commission. This is in addition to the $255 million for the Public Works Commission already approved by the General Assembly in Senate Bill 4. 

  • $253 million for the maintenance and preservation of Ohio’s dams, parks, trails, waterways and wildlife.

  • $62.5 million to support the Clean Ohio program which funds preservation of green space, farmland, open spaces and expanded recreational opportunities.

  • $18 million to improve the security and efficiency of public agency websites and the MARCS first responder communications system.


Investing in Our Communities


In addition to the local community projects listed above:



  • $95.6 million will be invested in critical health and human services funding for mental health and addiction treatment facilities in communities across the state.

  • $280.7 million for renovations of state and local prisons.


Hearings on the bill began today in the conference committee on Senate Bill 310, and the bill is expected to be voted on by the legislature this Thursday. Committee hearings and session meetings are streamed live and archived at OhioChannel.org.


For more information on the Capital Budget bill process, click here
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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