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Blessing 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
Louis W. Blessing, III News
COLUMBUS—State Senator Louis W. Blessing III (R-Colerain Township) 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.

“Thank you to our community partners and local representatives for bringing so many great projects to the table and working hard to secure funding,” said Blessing. “These projects will vastly improve the quality of life for Ohioans and secure thousands of jobs over the coming years.”

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 8th district. A full list of community projects can be found here.
  • $1.5 million will be allocated to the "More Home to Roam" program at the Cincinnati Zoo. "More Home to Roam" program is focused on building larger and more hospitable habitats for endangered animals in captivity.
  • $934,000 will go to the Children's Home of Cincinnati
  • $500,000 for replacement of the Colerain Township Megaland Playground

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 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.
  • $62.5 million to support the Clean Ohio program which funds preservation of green space, farmland, open spaces and expanded recreational opportunities.
  • $253 million for the maintenance and preservation of Ohio’s dams, parks, trails, waterways and wildlife.
  • $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.