Today, Governor Mike DeWine announced several historic investments contained in House Bill 687, the capital budget bill. This budget creates jobs, grows Ohio's economy, and makes important investments in many state and local infrastructure projects that will benefit Ohioans for years to come.
As part of its commitment to its Ohio semiconductor manufacturing project, Intel is investing $20 billion, creating 3,000 jobs, and growing a vast supply chain that will benefit companies throughout Ohio. To support the Intel project, HB 687 made the following investments:
Additionally, $100 million from House Bill 687 will cover a new round of school safety grants for public, private, and parochial schools. The grants will be used to pay for baseline security in school buildings, classrooms, parking lots, and elsewhere on school property. The grants will also cover security features such as visitor badging systems, facility mapping, school radio systems, GPS tracking on student transport vehicles, exterior lights, notification systems, security training and door locking systems.
House Bill 687 allocates $515 million, the largest such investment in Ohio history, to help provide significant improvements in lodges, campgrounds, cabins, dams, trails, and natural areas, in addition to continuing the historic preservation of the Muskingum River Lock and Dam.
These funds will also be used for safety-related projects, such as the repair of dams and bridges, and to fix some our historic sites in Ohio’s parks. House Bill 687 also invests in wildlife research, conservation, and helps protect and improve some of our most important forests and natural areas, including Blackhand Gorge in Licking County, which has trails in need of repair.
To protect public health, assure animal health and welfare, and maintain food safety and security, House Bill 687 includes about $72 million for the Ohio Department of Agriculture to build a new Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory. The current lab supports a $6 billion industry that includes livestock, equine, companion and wild animals, zoos, and fisheries.
House Bill 687 allocates $403 million to projects for Ohio’s jails and prisons:
To foster more independence and community engagement for Ohioans with developmental disabilities, House Bill 687 includes $25 million to fund the Community Capital Assistance program, which builds, buys, and renovates homes to create independent living options across the state.
House Bill 687 includes $22 million in Division of State Fire Marshal improvement projects, including investments in modern training facilities for our firefighters, such as: