Senate passes $1.8 billion capital budget
A few minutes after midnight, the Ohio Senate passed a $1.76 billion capital construction budget today which includes $700 million for the state's school facilities program and another $500 million in college and university projects.
Nearly $7 billion has been spent on public school construction and renovation projects since 1997, said state Sen. John Carey, R-Wellston.
House Bill 699 passed 32-1 after 30 minutes of debate.
About $60 million was approved for Cincinnati-area projects, excluding separate money approved for universities.
The capital budget also includes $120 million for road, bridge and water projects and $50 million in new Third Frontier projects.