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Koehler Announces Capital Budget Bill

December 17, 2020
J. Kyle Koehler News

COLUMBUS – State Representative Kyle Koehler (R-Springfield) announced state lawmakers have begun hearings on Ohio’s proposed two-year state construction budget. It includes funding for a variety of initiatives across the state and aids local projects across the 79th house district.

“This budget invests in Ohio’s future by repairing and upgrading our aging infrastructure and supporting important projects to improve education and the quality of life in our state,” said Koehler. “I’m also pleased to announce I was able to help secure important funding for local projects in our community.”

Clark County will receive a total of $1,350,000 in funds for the following local projects:

  • Springfield Museum of Art Renovation: $250,000
  • Clark State Performing Arts Center: $1,100,000

Statewide, the bill includes more than $2 billion in new capital appropriations for a wide variety of infrastructure across Ohio. This is in addition to more than $500 million previously approved by lawmakers for schools and local infrastructure projects.

Statewide highlights include the following:

  • $452 million for the Department of Higher Education, which includes funding for traditional and regional campuses and community colleges.
  • $300 million for K-12 school building construction and improvements.
  • $280 million for the Ohio Public Works Commission, which supports a variety of infrastructure initiatives, including local water, sewer and road projects.
  • $62.5 million for the Clean Ohio Program.
  • $50 million for county jail projects. Funding will be allocated through a competitive, needs-based process.
  • $10 million for safety grants for K-12 schools and Ohio’s colleges and universities.

The capital bill is being included in Senate Bill 310, which is currently pending in a House-Senate conference committee. The measure is expected to be approved by the legislature this afternoon. The bill would then go to Governor Mike DeWine for his signature.

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State Representative Kyle Koehler is serving his third term in the Ohio House. He represents the 79th District, which includes portions of Clark County. 

For more information, contact Rep Koehler’s office at (614) 466-2038 or Rep79@ohiohouse.gov.