Ohio colleges pitch construction projects

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio's public colleges and universities have presented the state with a $350 million proposal for construction projects, representing the top priorities for the institutions as determined by a higher education committee.

The Higher Education Capital Funding Commission was created last year at the urging of Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) to deal with tight state funding.

The commission, chaired by Ohio State President Gordon Gee, announced its priorities Wednesday for all 37 schools, including four-year colleges and two-year community colleges.

The requests include $15 million for projects that enhance business partnerships, $30 million for workforce development, $97 million for projects linking engineering and science and $208 million for long-term maintenance projects.

Kasich wanted the schools to work together on priorities rather than compete for construction money as they currently do.