COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Some state lawmakers are going to try and increase the amount of money spent on public transportation in this year’s budget.
State representatives Michael Skindell and Terrence Upchurch announced a bill that would increase the state’s investment in public transit from roughly $6 million to $150 million.
According to MOVE Ohio’s Stu Nicholson, the state spends $0.67 per capita on public transit while neighboring Pennsylvania spends more than $86 per capita.
“We rank in the bottom 10 of all the states,” he said.
Union organizer Akshai Singh said a massive cut to public transit funding in the last operating budget was unprecedented.
“No other state has cut out $40 a year just like that,” he said.
The bill would increase investment in public transit by 2,500 percent by drawing from the general revenue fund and leveraging federal tax dollars.