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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

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.


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