State Representative Ron Amstutz (R-Wooster) today announced the bipartisan passage of House Bill 482 from the Ohio House of Representatives. House Bill 482 makes capital appropriations totaling more than $1.7 billion for the fiscal year 2013-2014 biennium while also making other changes that impact the operation of state programs.

“The capital budget is a way for us to make prioritized investments in Ohio’s future and provide additional appropriations for our communities,” said Amstutz, who serves as chairman of the House Finance and Appropriations Committee. “I am very pleased that House Bill 482 received such strong support in the Ohio House and look forward to continuing this conversation in the Senate.”

Further demonstrating the House Republican Caucus’ commitment to education, House Bill 482 invests $675 million in Ohio’s schools and $400 million in Ohio’s universities. Additionally, this budget provides for a $363.5 million investment for local communities’ infrastructure projects and $90 million for upgrades to law enforcement communications, including instant voice and data upgrades.

“The capital budget takes significant steps to build upon Ohio’s foundation and strengthen the things that are most important to our citizens,” Amstutz said. “Through House Bill 482, we are ensuring that our infrastructure is updated, working to protect those who protect us, and investing in our schools and universities. Since day one, members of the House Republican Caucus have been focused on improving Ohio’s future and our communities, and this budget is very reflective of that fact.

“We are in recovery mode as our fiscal situation has begun to improve. We need to continue cautious and prudent fiscal policy, particularly at a time when Moody's recently upgraded Ohio's financial outlook from ‘negative’ to ‘stable’.”

House Bill 482 passed by a vote of 93-2 and will now be sent to the Ohio Senate for further consideration and debate.


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