OHIO — Ohio's communities, large and small, are in need of help repairing crumbling roads and bridges. Billions of dollars are promised to Ohio from the $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal passed in November. However, questions still remain on what specific areas and projects will benefit from the bill.
What You Need To Know
- Billions of dollars are promised to Ohio from the $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal
- President Joe Biden signed the bill into law in November
- Billions are on the way over the next five years for highways, water infrastructure, public transportations, bridges, airports, broadband and more
On Friday, some of Ohio's top lawmakers provided an update on when Ohioans can expect to see some money.
When President Joe Biden signed the bill into law in November, it guaranteed Ohio would get major upgrades.
"This bill is a great first step. We're super excited about it. But again, it's the first step not the last step," said Rep. Tim Ryan (D, OH-13).
Billions are on the way over the next five years for highways, water infrastructure, public transportations, bridges, airports, broadband and more.
But when? Apparently soon according to Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown.
"It's mostly up to local governments and state government to begin to turn the spigot on so the money is available," said Brown.
The “where” is also a mystery. A spokesperson for Gov. Mike DeWine, R-Ohio, said Friday, "we're finalizing plans," but no specifics were offered.
While there are guarantees built into the law, Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D, OH-9) said the state has already gotten an additional $300 million for weatherization projects. Kaptur said Ohio can compete for more money if it speaks up and has the right pitch.
"We must apply for these planning dollars and help our council of governments and our regional planning associations work together in a way that, frankly, they haven't worked together like this in my entire career," said Kaptur.
And while Ohio's Democrats are boasting about passing the infrastructure law, the state and the rest of the country might lose out on more than a trillion dollars in spending on social programs and climate policy if the Build Back Better Act does not pass.
As of now, talks have stalled.