Kasich unveils $2.4 billion construction budget

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich has unveiled a nearly $2.4 billion state construction budget to fund a host of community, school, park and prison projects.

Kasich and state legislative leaders introduced the spending blueprint Tuesday. Quick action on the bill is expected.

The bill directs $675 million toward primary and secondary schools and $450 million toward public colleges and universities for repairs, renovations and new buildings. Another $574 million goes for maintenance, renovation and cost-saving projects at state-owned facilities, including parks and prisons.

Local road, bridge, sewer and other infrastructure projects would receive $369 million, with an additional $100 million going to the Clean Ohio green space preservation program.

The administration estimates projects funded under the bill would create 31,000 jobs over several years.

The Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber said it was pleased with the process used to determine funding for projects. The process  involved asking chambers of commerce and economic development agencies in metro areas around the state to be coordinators for the funding submission process in each area.

The Regional Chamber performed that role for Mahoning and Trumbull counties in partnership with the Western Reserve Port Authority and the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments.

The Capital Bill funding list submitted to the Ohio General Assembly on Tuesday included the following economic development projects for Mahoning and Trumbull counties:

  • Youngstown Business Incubator: $1.5 million.
  •  Mercy College of Ohio Nursing Outreach Initiative in collaboration with St. Elizabeth Health Center: $250,000.
  • Southern Park Historical District, Boardman: $250,000.
  • Warren TechBelt Energy Innovation Center: $250,000.
  • TechBelt Oil and Gas Training Center, Lordstown: $250,000.

For more information on the proposed Capital Budget bill, click here.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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