Gov. Kasich signs $2.6 billion construction budget

Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks during the Fox Business Network Republican presidential debate. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

COLUMBUS (AP) — Gov. John Kasich has signed a $2.6 billion capital budget bill that includes funding for public works, community and school projects over the next two years.

The Blade in Toledo reports the budget signed into law on Tuesday provides $650 million for K-12 schools and $500 million for public works projects. The state Department of Rehabilitation and Correction received $150 million. Community projects received $160 million.

The budget provides money for improvements to higher education institutions, including the University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University and Kent State University.

The newspaper says the borrowing package holds $14 million for a new Lucas County Correctional Treatment Facility.

The budget also holds $12 million for upgrades to the Department of Veterans Services home in Sandusky.

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