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Lawmakers consider spending Ohio's leftover state money
Look to take advantage of money allocated for projects but not spent

Karen Kasler
House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger oversaw the last two-year state budget.
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This isn’t a state budget year, but lawmakers in the House are working on a bill that spends leftover state money. It’ll put $1.5 billion that had already been allocated for projects but wasn’t spent back into construction work at universities, prisons, parks and other state-run institutions and facilities. Kurt Kauffman is with the state Office of Budget and Management.

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“Nearly two dozen agencies receive reappropriations. Three agencies – the Public Works Commission, the Facilities Construction Commission, and the Department of Higher Education – account for $1.19 billion, or 80 percent of those total estimated re-appropriations.”

The bill passed the Senate unanimously. It must be signed by April 1. After that, the much-bigger two-year capital budget will be unveiled, which makes major state investments in construction projects. 

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