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Governor signs $2.4 billion construction bill into law
Kasich discusses how the capital budget bill was put together with input from around the state.
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


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Ohio Governor John Kasich has signed a 2.4 billion dollar Capital budget that includes repairs and improvements across the state. He says the decisions over what the state should fund were left up to economic leaders in local communities.
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"We said to them and to the Chambers of Commerce across the state, 'What do you need? What are your priorities?'" Kasich said. "And then we said to the arts communities, 'Tell us what you think the greatest art priorities are.' And they did the picking. And then that got to the legislature and I barely put my hands on it because I felt community people in running this from the bottom up is a lot better than my trying to micromanage it all. Then it gets over to the legislature and they are in touch and they made changes but by and large, it really represents the input from community people from the bottom up."

The largest chunk of the money goes for local school construction. More than $450 million has been allocated for Ohio’s public colleges and universities. More than $574 million goes for expenditures at state parks, prisons and mental health facilities. Another $369 million goes for local infrastructure projects.
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