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PUBLIC WORKS PROPOSAL
Ohio governor, leading lawmakers discuss effort to renew public works program, make repairs
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 11:44 AM EST
Ohio's governor and legislative leaders are urging support for renewing a public works program that funds repairs and upgrades to roads, bridges and other local infrastructure needs.
A resolution before the General Assembly would ask voters to approve a 10-year renewal of the State Capital Improvement Program, which provides grants and loans to local governments. The proposal would increase the bond funding levels to $175 million annually for the first five years and then $200 million each year for the remaining five years.
Supporters want the Legislature to clear the measure by the end of January, so it can appear on May ballots.
Senators passed the resolution Tuesday, sending it to the House.