State Senator Gayle Manning announced the unanimous and bipartisan passage of legislation today to invest $7.06 billion to fund the construction, maintenance and safety of the state's job-sustaining highway system.
The Ohio Department of Transportation estimates that the budget will support and create 96,000 jobs over the next two years. 
"This is perhaps one of the greatest jobs budgets we will have the opportunity to vote on during this General Assembly," said Gayle Manning, Chair of the Senate Transportation, Commerce and Labor Committee.
The budget bill provides funding for the Ohio Department of Transportation, Department of Public Safety, Public Works Commission and Development Services Agency.
Among the bill's provisions:
  • Allocates $10 million for the Ohio Bridge Partnership Program which is a construction initiative designed to provide resources for county bridge projects
  • Decreases the financial burden on counties and municipalities for the improvement of roads, bridges, culverts and various water systems
  • Raises the speed limit for motor vehicles on rural freeways and the Ohio Turnpike from 70 to 75 mph
  • Shifts the focus from age to experience regarding probationary license restrictions

The bill passed the Senate with a vote of 32-0 and now proceeds to the House of Representatives for concurrence.

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