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Weinstein votes to support local communities in transportation budget

March 8, 2019
Casey Weinstein News

State Rep. Casey Weinstein (D-Hudson) Thursday voted with a strong bipartisan majority in support of House Bill (HB) 62, the state’s two-year transportation budget, which passed the Ohio House. The bill makes historic investments in local communities to repair crumbling roads and bridges and increases funding for the state’s public transportation systems.

“The past eight years of disinvestment in our state and local infrastructure have been disastrous for Ohio. We can no longer afford to neglect our crumbling roads and bridges,” said Rep. Weinstein. “I ran on investing in our local communities, and this bill creates a sustainable blueprint for Ohio’s future that will ultimately grow our economy.”

The transportation budget includes a 12.5-percent increase for local communities’ share of new gas tax revenue—a five percentage point increase and an additional $390 million annually.

“As a former city councilman, increased funding to municipalities for local projects was a deciding factor for me in deciding to vote in favor of the bill,” added Weinstein. “Ensuring that these investments in our communities remain in the bill is one of my top priorities.”

After clearing the House, HB 62 heads to the Senate for further consideration.