David Beach | 02/16/08 @ 5:21pm
Advocates of a sustainable future for Ohio found a lot to like in Gov. Ted Strickland's State of the State address on Feb. 6. The governor's $1.7 billion "Building Ohio Jobs" proposal included:
- $250 million to stimulate Ohio's involvement in energy efficiency, wind and solar energy, as well as for cleaner uses of coal and other renewable and advanced energy sources.
- $400 million to clean up polluted sites and preserve open space.
- $550 million dedicated to transportation, water, and sewage projects, including $150 million to help trucks, trains, and ships move goods more efficiently.
- $200 million to spur redevelopment of downtown neighborhoods.
- $100 million toward promoting biofuels instead of oil in some manufactured products.
Environmental groups are now calling on the General Assembly to place the proposal on the November ballot so voters can approve the green jobs funding.