7 Valley projects get funding

The U.S. House approved a package of appropriations bills that includes funding for seven Mahoning Valley projects.

The real challenge for the earmarks is with the Senate, where 60 votes are needed in a 50-50 legislative body and several Republicans opposing the spending.

The House approved the seven appropriations bills Thursday along party lines — 219 to 208 — with Republicans voting against the package even though many of its members included funding for their districts in the legislation. The House Appropriations Committee approved the funding along party lines July 16.

The bill included all 10 projects proposed by U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Howland and a member of the Appropriations Committee, which includes seven in the Valley and three in Portage and Summit counties, which are also in his district.

A number of Democrats had all 10 of their requests included in the bill.

The Valley projects Ryan had in the House bill are:

• $8.7 million to widen the runway / taxiway at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna.

• $2 million for the Youngstown Community Food Center, also known as Gleaners Food Bank, in Youngstown for a new facility.

• $1.5 million for the Boys and Girls Club of Youngstown to renovate and upgrade more than 200,000 square feet of property on the city’s South Side.

• $1 million to Mercy Health-Youngstown to renovate the former Veterans Affairs clinic in Youngstown to assist pregnant women.

• $850,000 for Mahoning County High School in Youngstown to establish a community learning center.

• $549,600 for a Lowellville wastewater improvement project.

• $312,744 for the Youngstown Business Incubator and BRITE Energy Innovators to launch and coordinate a training and entrepreneurial support program.


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