In The News: Capital Budget, already delayed, expected to be small


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Gongwer reports that legislative leaders expect to get to work on a Capital Budget in the next few weeks, but indications from the budget office suggest that limited funds are available under the State’s constitutional borrowing limit and the bill will be much smaller than those in recent memory.

The capital budget, which funds the state’s spending for capital projects such as maintenance upgrades to parks, state offices and prisons, is expected to be no larger than $1.8 billion, not large enough to support the hundreds of community-sponsored projects at zoos, museums, parks and universities. The bill has already been delayed by the better part of a year, and now could deny legislator the perk of bringing job-creating bricks and mortar projects back to their districts. Incoming-Governor Kasich had asked for a delay by legislators after his election, and will be responsible for finalizing and submitting the legislation, shortly after taking office.

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