What the infrastructure bill means for Ohio
Ohio is poised to receive billions of dollars in federal funding through the bipartisan infrastructure bill President Biden signed Monday.
Why it matters: The surge of money will touch many aspects of daily life for Ohioans, funding roadwork, bridge repairs, water systems and broadband expansion, among other things.
- It could bring Amtrak to Columbus, on a proposed route connecting it to Cleveland, Cincinnati and Dayton. Columbus is the second-largest U.S. city without intercity rail.
By the numbers: The White House compiled a report projecting what Ohio would receive from the $1.2 trillion bill. The highlights:
- 🚧 $9.2 billion for highway construction projects.
- 🚰 $1.4 billion to improve water infrastructure, including removing lead pipes that carry drinking water.
- 🚉 $1.2 billion to improve public transportation options.
- 🏗️ $483 million for bridge replacements and repairs.
- ✈️ $253 million to airports.
- 🔋 $140 million to create a network of electric vehicle charging stations.
- 💻 At least $100 million to expand broadband access, along with a program that would make internet access more affordable for 28% of Ohio residents, based on income.
How they voted: Both of our senators, Democrat Sherrod Brown and Republican Rob Portman, supported it.
- House members voted along party lines, except for Cleveland-area Republican Anthony Gonzales, who backed the bill.
- Most Republicans criticized the package for being too expensive and far-reaching.
What they're saying: Portman, the lead Republican negotiator, spoke at Monday's bill signing ceremony and called for more bipartisan legislation like it.
- "We can start by recognizing that finding common ground to advance the interests of the American people should be rewarded, not attacked," he said.
What's next: Local and state leaders will need to approve specific details on how they want to use the funds.
- And Vice President Kamala Harris will be in town on Friday to tout the bill's benefits.
- We're still awaiting details on her plans and will update you when we know more.
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