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Leland statement on passage of historic, bipartisan investment in public transit

Lawmakers come together to invest $200 million over next two years
March 7, 2019
David Leland News

State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) released the following statement today on the passage of House Bill (HB) 62, which makes a historic, $200 million investment in Ohio’s public transportation over the next two years.

“Earlier this week, the governor outlined the dangers of inaction on the state’s infrastructure crisis. Our inclusion of $200 million in the budget for public transportation over the next two years is a historic, bipartisan answer to the governor’s call to action—one that will provide enormous benefits to working people throughout Ohio.

“Investing in public transit reduces poverty, creates job opportunities and has the potential to reduce Ohio’s infant mortality rates. Better connecting those who are ready to work with available jobs makes Ohio even more attractive to new businesses.

“In addition, public transit helps us live up to our responsibility as stewards of our environment, making the air we breathe cleaner, lessening traffic congestion and reducing our carbon footprint.

“By supporting this bipartisan, transformative legislation, we are truly taking this opportunity to move Ohio forward.”