Clean Ohio

Taft to propose half of 200 million dollars promised for Clean Ohio Fund

The Taft administration says it's planning to ask for 100 million dollars for the Clean Ohio Fund in the next two-year capital budget proposal. That's half of what was approved by voters in 2000. But Governor Taft's spokesman, Orest Holubec, says 100 million dollars is a significant amount considering the tight budget.

The constitutional amendment put no time frame on the spending, but both the political campaign and the enabling legislation laid out a four-year blueprint for the 400 million-dollar package of programs.

Half the money is earmarked for urban brownfields cleanup, and the other half goes to "green" programs such as farmland and parks preservation. Ohio Environmental Council spokesman Jack Shaner says the Legislature needs to make good the promise given to Ohio voters.