COLOMBUS, Ohio – Ohio lawmakers unveiled a budget proposal Tuesday that would provide $100 million for schools for safety improvements after last week’s deadly mass shooting in Texas. The budget also includes nearly $1.1 billion for Intel for the chip factory and millions for nonprofits across the state, including Northeast Ohio.
The Ohio General Assembly approves a capital budget every two years, usually a year after it passed a state’s operating budget. The capital budget pays for construction projects for state agencies, colleges and universities.
Other potential recipients of the money include the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame which is seeking $1 million for its expansion project, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the Cleveland Museum of Art, which have each requested $900,000, and the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo which has requested it. $1.7 million for major rainforests planned.
Since the 1990s, lawmakers have also given hundreds of millions to local governments and nonprofits for capital improvement projects.
Senator Matt Dolan, a Republican for Tegrain Falls, who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, said this year’s capital budget spending could be as high as $3.5 billion, with community projects making up about $191 million of that total.
Dolan said the budget money is expected to come from the General Revenue Fund, other government funds and federal funds — including $809 million from the US bailout law passed by Congress in 2021.
The draft capital budget bill is expected to be passed in both chambers of the General Assembly on Wednesday. The House and Senate Finance Committees reviewed its details, Tuesday.
Lawmakers are expected to direct $1.09 billion to the Ohio Department of Development for Intel, according to Representative Scott Oilslager, a northern Canton Republican who chairs the Ohio House Finance Committee:
• $95 million to build local routes for the Intel movement.
• $600 million for Ohio’s “nationalization incentive” because Intel creates jobs that would otherwise be given to people abroad.
• $101 million for local water and sanitation upgrades.
• $300 million for a water reclamation facility.
The state announced the incentives in January as part of a larger $2 billion stimulus package that would give Ohioers Intel to build a $20 billion plant in the suburbs of Columbus.
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School safety grants will be a fraction of the amount that Intel receives from the capital budget.
Lawmakers plan to direct $100 million to the Ohio Department of Public Safety, which will award grants. Dolan said the money comes from the US bailout act.
In the latest capital budget, which lawmakers passed in 2020, Dolan said, schools were given $5 million just for safety.
The increase in funding comes after last week’s mass shooting in Ovaldi, Texas that killed 19 students and two adults, and $93 million in recent school safety funding applications from across the state, Dolan said.
Dolan said local education boards could spend the money to “strengthen our schools,” echoing the language used by mostly conservative politicians, including Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, in the wake of the Texas shootings about how best to prevent mass shootings in the future. in schools.
He said this could be anything from a school resource officer to technology to improve building security.
The gunman in Ovaldi, Texas, entered the school by walking through an open door, but it took an hour for law enforcement to stop him despite desperate pleas from parents outside the school.
The Republican-dominated General Assembly has shown no appetite for gun safety laws. Gun access laws have been relaxed since the last mass shooting in Dayton in 2019.
Among the nonprofits vying for state funds, the college settlement is expected to receive $150,000, according to a draft of the bill. The nonprofit organization serves the residents of Broadway Slavic Village.
The university settlement is completing construction of a four-story building that will house the nonprofit’s first-floor offices, 88 affordable apartments to rent, and a townhouse to own. Jim Tracas, the former state legislator who directs the university’s settlement through the budget process, said the building will also contain 20,000 square feet of commercial space, including a grocery store.
The North Broadway area in which the buildings will be located is considered damaged and has seen almost no investment since the 1950s, Tracas said.
The building is located at 5115 Broadway Street, where St. Alexis Hospital was once located. Recently, it was an empty plot of land.
Also, part of the $20 million University Settlement project is a second building that will be used with Cuyahoga County Community College as an education center.
The nonprofit raises funds for most of the project’s cost.
The legislature provides funds for other projects in Northeast Ohio, including:
• Downtown Cleveland Lakefront Access Project: $5 million
Rainforests at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo: $1.7 million
Jewish Children’s Bureau Bellefaire, Children and Youth Service Center: $1 million
• Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Expansion: $1 Million
• Lauren Nord Center: $900,000
Cleveland Museum of Art Horace Kelly, Art Foundation Lobby, Phase Two: $900,000
Cleveland Museum of Natural History: $900,000
• UH Perrico Rainbow Children’s Health Center: $750,000
• Cleveland’s largest food bank: $750,000
• Cleveland Christian Home: $700,000
Cuyahoga County Mental Health Prison Diversion Facility: $700,000
Cleveland Clinic/Akron General: $700,000
Cleveland Institute of Art: $550,000
• Cancer Center at Cleveland Clinic Mercy: $500,000
• MetroHealth Center for Health and Wellness for Seniors: $450,000
The Salvation Army at Cleveland Harbor Light Grand Complex: $350,000
Cleveland Center for the Arts and Technology: $325,000
• The second phase of the capital expansion of the City Christian Academy: 300 thousand dollars
Cleveland Sisters Health System and Cleveland Sisters Foundation: $250,000
United Road Building Renovations to Major Cleveland Building Renovations: $150,000
• Westside Catholic Center, Housing Self-Sufficiency Program: $150,000