Mary Alice Reporting – Three separate, local organizations will receive funding through the state capital budget.

The allocation was announced for the community projects, in Tuscarawas County, as hearings began on the two-year construction budget for Ohio.

According to 98th District Representative Brett Hillyer, over $1.1 million will be seen locally.

The Ohio and Erie Canal Way Towpath Trail received $50,000, the Museum of Clay Industry and Folk Art was approved for $300,000, and appropriations of $800,000 will go to the Tuscarawas Regional Advanced Manufacturing/Innovation Center.

The capital bill is included in Senate Bill 310, which is pending in the House-Senate conference committee. If approved by the legislature this week, the measure would go to the Ohio governor’s desk.

Statewide funding highlights include $452 million for the Department of Higher Education, $300 million for building construction and improvements for K-12 schools, along with $10 million for safety grants for grade schools and colleges, $280 million to the Ohio Public Works Commission, $50 million for county jail projects, and $62.5 million for the Clean Ohio Program.

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