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(Columbus)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced several historic investments contained in House Bill 687, the capital budget bill.
“This budget is about creating jobs, and growing the economy for Ohioans,” said Governor DeWine. “I greatly appreciate the members of the General Assembly for their partnership on this budget, which makes important investments in many state and local infrastructure projects that will benefit Ohioans for years to come.”
“The Capital Budget invests in the infrastructure that will advance the Intel project and fund educational infrastructure that will help build the workforce we need to compete and win a brighter economic future for Ohio,” said Lt. Governor Jon Husted. “Our state’s best days are ahead of us, and we are grateful to the legislature for their collaboration to make Ohio the go-to state in the Midwest.”
House Bill 687 allocates $403 million to projects for Ohio’s jails and prisons:
- $50 million in grants to Ohio’s jails to address the most pressing safety and security needs. This money is in addition to the $50 million in grant money awarded to six jails last year for much needed construction and renovation projects.
- $20 million for the construction of a new school building for the Ohio Reformatory for Women, replacing two older buildings, including a 92-year-old structure.
- $54 million to replace two 102-year-old housing units at the Pickaway Correctional Institution.
- $35 million to complete the replacement of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction’s current “man down” system – the communications system that notifies staff when there are employees in need of assistance.
- $222 million for ongoing projects to maintain prison infrastructure.