Oelslager Announces Passage Of Capital Budget
Capital Budget Advances Local Projects, Invests in Job Creation

Senator Scott Oelslager (R–North Canton) announced the 2014 Ohio Capital Budget has cleared both chambers of the General Assembly and will now be delivered to Governor John Kasich for his signature.
In addition to representing a portion of Stark County in the Statehouse, Senator Oelslager also serves as Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and oversaw Capital Budget’s passage through the Senate.
“This legislation is about investing in our communities and creating jobs across Ohio,” said Oelslager. “One great example is the Pro Football Hall of Fame which contributes heavily to our community and spearheads state and local tourism. The Capital Bill makes sure these places with great regional significance are able to continue bringing benefit to our communities.”
The bill funds needed improvements to public facilities across the state including schools, colleges and universities, and parks. The legislature generally approves a capital budget every two years in order to fund pressing construction and maintenance projects around the state.
House Bill 497 is expected to create up to 31,000 jobs over the next two years.
The capital budget includes:

  • $675 million for local school construction, including repairs, renovations and new primary and secondary education facilities;
  • $454.5 million for Ohio’s 37 public colleges and universities;
  • $369 million for local infrastructure projects administered by the Ohio Public Works Commission, including upgrades, replacement and new construction of local roads and bridges, storm and sanitary sewers, water lines and other vital infrastructure;
  • $100 million for the Clean Ohio program to improve outdoor recreational opportunities and fund the preservation of open spaces and farmlands;
  • $574.3 million for maintenance and renovations at state-owned facilities including Ohio State Parks, state prisons, mental health facilities and other public facilities.

Details of the Capital Budget Bill can be found at: www.obm.ohio.gov/SectionPages/Budget/Capital.aspx

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