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Views and Brews: City Club panel discusses Ohio's capital budget

How does the city appropriate billions in funding for brick-and-mortar projects every two years? How do those dollars work at the local level? A Monday panel hosted by the City Club of the Mahoning Valley discussed Ohio's capital budget process.
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The City Club of the Mahoning Valley's Views and Brews panel on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019 at Suzie's Dogs and Drafts featured, from left to right: Mahoning Matters reporter Justin Dennis; Wendy Patton, senior project manager of Policy Matters Ohio's State Fiscal Project; Nick Santucci, director of government and public affairs for the Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber; Matt Bowen, superintendent of Campbell City Schools; and State Sen. Sean O'Brien of Bazetta, D-32nd.

YOUNGSTOWN — In Ohio's most recent $2.6-billion capital budget, nearly $6 million was slotted for community projects in the Mahoning Valley.

The City Club of the Mahoning Valley invited Mahoning Matters reporter Justin Dennis to moderate the club's "Views and Brews" public forum Monday at Suzie's Dogs and Drafts in downtown Youngstown.

The forum's four panelists -- State Sen. Sean O'Brien of Bazetta, D-32nd; Nick Santucci, director of government and public affairs for the Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber; Matt Bowen, superintendent of Campbell City Schools; and Wendy Patton, senior project manager of Policy Matters Ohio's State Fiscal Project -- discussed how the state's biennial capital budget is created and how those state dollars impact local communities.

The City Club broadcast the forum on Facebook Live. You can watch the full feed below:




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