House committee approves Tim Ryan’s $19 million | News, Sports, Jobs
The U.S. House Appropriations Committee has approved all 15 assignments requested by Congressman Tim Ryan for projects in his district, including eight in the Mahoning Valley.
“These investments will prioritize the mental and physical well-being of our citizens, improve transportation safety, guide small businesses to success, and enable after-school activities for children in community parks,” Ryan said Thursday after the committee approved the assignments.
He added: “Hospitals, schools, government agencies, and nonprofits that have requested this money will use it to put people to work, provide better health and education benefits, and expand our infrastructure to deliver a better quality of life for all. Each of these projects has the potential to improve the lives of thousands of hard-working people, and I will continue to fight to ensure that every family in Ohio receives their fair share.
Ryan, D-Howland, sponsored 15 projects – the maximum number – totaling $19,034,000, including eight in the Mahoning Valley for a total amount of $13,784,000.
The projects have yet to make their way across the House and Senate — and that could take some time.
Ryan submitted 10 allocation requests, including seven in the Valley, in May 2021, and legislation to fund them was only approved last March in an omnibus spending bill. These expenses by Ryan totaled approximately $15 million.
In this round of funding, Valley’s largest request by far is $5 million for a runway resurfacing at Vienna’s Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport.
The project is the rehabilitation of a 3,000 foot section of the 9,000 foot main runway and would be used for milling and paving as well as drainage improvements and required pavement markings.
The pavement condition of the project is rated as poor and its rehabilitation would help existing aviation users and help attract new commercial and cargo services to the airport, according to Ryan’s office.
“This investment is critical to promoting the longevity of our most valuable asset and will allow (the airport) to continue to promote itself as a hub for commercial and general aviation as well as 910th Airlift Wing military operations. “, said Anthony Trevena, executive director of the Western Reserve Port Authority, which operates the airport.
The second largest local request is for $2.5 million for improvements to Waddell Park in Niles.
These include the construction of a water park with a gazebo and restrooms, the construction of a playground accessible to Americans with disabilities, improvements to address deficiencies in the water supply and sewerage systems, the improvement of fields with artificial grass, replacement of fences and repair of asphalt.
“These improvements will serve as an enrichment to the quality of life for our citizens and all of this is made possible by working directly with Congressman Ryan and his team,” said Niles Mayor Steve Mientkiewicz. “This is great news for the city as we continue our efforts to build a vibrant park system.”
Akron Children’s Hospital Beeghly Campus in Boardman would receive $2 million to expand its emergency department as part of the proposal.
The expansion would create 20 full-time jobs and increase space from 17 standard rooms to 23 family-centered care rooms with space for six additional rooms. The square footage of the emergency department would increase from 8,300 to 30,800.
Campbell’s Community Literacy Workforce and Cultural Center would receive $2 million as part of the proposed expansion to include the Mahoning Valley Wellness and Rehabilitation Center.
This would provide access to health care services and improve training opportunities in a medically underserved area, according to Ryan’s office.
The funding would be used to obtain specialized medical equipment that would enable vision care, dental and other health care services and serve as space for training programs for current and future medical professionals.
Ryan’s other Valley applications approved by the House Appropriations Committee are as follows:
• $914,000 to Eastern Gateway Community College in Youngstown to expand its training programs on electric vehicle technologies, including repair and maintenance of electric vehicles and charging stations;
• $650,000 for Trumbull County Educational Service Center’s Voltage Valley Young Dronepreneurs, a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) drone racing program.
The funding would grow the program from six to 50 teams of middle and high school kids in the county’s Youth Drone Racing League and create 20 STEM lessons on drones and entrepreneurship for students in grades 6 through 12. The center will prepare the future workforce for success and advance the region’s Tension Valley vision, according to Ryan’s office;
• $550,000 for a vision care van through a partnership between Sight for All United, United Way of Youngstown and Mahoning Valley and other organizations. The van, with specialized equipment to bring vision care directly to students, would expand the program from three to 18 school districts;
• $170,000 to the Warren Police Department for the purchase of mobile forensic investigation equipment and mobile license plate readers.
The equipment would be used to support the department’s criminal investigations by improving the accuracy of analysis of its cell site while the plate readers, mounted on marked patrol cars, would improve the efficiency of Warren police officers by alerting them instantly when a suspect’s license plate is scanned. , according to Ryan’s office.
Other requests for funding came from communities in Summit and Portage counties, which Ryan represents in the U.S. House, and two regional projects: $400,000 for a small business energy efficiency support program and $300,000 for STEM education for underserved students.
House Democrats announced in 2021 that they would bring back postings that were cut in 2011 when Republicans took control of the House. Prior to the ban, opponents said the postings had been abused and had little oversight.
House Democrats changed the rules with the return of assignments. Members had to make public the projects with an explanation for each proposal, and the number of assignments was limited. Last year the limit for assignments was 10 and this year has been increased to 15.