Ohio public works proposal heads to voters


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio voters get to decide whether to renew a public works program that funds improvements to roadways, bridges and other local infrastructure needs.

The House voted 90-2 Wednesday on a resolution asking voters to approve a 10-year renewal of the State Capital Improvement Program. The Senate unanimously passed the measure last week.

The proposal boosts the amount of money Ohio can borrow through the sale of bonds to $175 million annually for the first five years and then $200 million each year for the remaining five years. The program permits the state to provide grants and loans for local improvement projects.

The measure appears on May ballots. Voters previously approved the program in 1987, 1995 and 2005.

Democrats sought to authorize additional money, but their amendments failed to win support.

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