Ohio leaders seek renewal of public works program

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's governor and state legislative leaders are set to discuss an effort to renew a public works program that funds improvements to roads, bridges and other local infrastructure needs.

Groups representing county commissioners, operating engineers and others planned to join Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) at the Wednesday morning event.

A resolution pending in the General Assembly would ask voters to approve a 10-year renewal of the State Capital Improvement Program. The plan would increase the bond funding levels to $175 million annually for the first five years and then $200 million each year for the remaining five years.

Supporters want the measure to clear the Legislature by the end of this month, so it can appear on May ballots.

Senators passed the resolution on Tuesday, sending it to the House.