Issue 1: Ohio voters renew public works program

Ohio State Capital Building
Ohio State Capital (Photo/AP)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio voters have approved the renewal of a public works program that funds upgrades to roads, bridges and other local infrastructure needs.

The statewide issue on Tuesday’s primary ballot allows the state to borrow $1.875 billion over 10 years through the issuance of general obligation bonds.

The Ohio Public Works Commission would then use the funds to provide grants and loans to local governments for capital improvement projects. Those could include repairs to roadways, wastewater treatment systems and sanitary collection.

The Libertarian Party of Ohio and the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law had urged residents to vote no, saying Ohio should not borrow and spend money it doesn’t have.

Republican Gov. John Kasich had said the proposal would keep Ohio’s economy growing by making needed investments in infrastructure.

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