Key state issues were addressed during Gov. Dewine’s visit

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Ohio Governor Mike Dewine recently paid a visit to St. Clairsville, OH for a discussion about Mental Health recovery. 

During his visit to the Ohio Valley Governor Dewine was also vocal about some of the key issues pressing the state of Ohio. 

In an interview with 7News, Dewine hinted that the Belmont County PTT cracker plant is coming to the area though the company has not yet released an official confirmation.

“I feel very very good about it and very confident about it.” “I think this is going to happen. There’s been no official announcement that yes we’re going in,” said Dewine. 

In recent weeks, the governor said he’s had meetings in Columbus with company executives regarding the plant. 

“They’ve already announced the plans to start taking some of the trees down.” This is going to be a boost not just to Belmont County. This is going to be a boost to the entire region,” said Dewine. 

The Governor’s state budget proposal was also discussed. One of the key items was the recently passed house bill would increase the state’s gas tax by 18 cents.

“If the senate does what the house did we’re going to see a situation where we’re not going to have any new construction,” said Dewine. 

Dewine mentioned that small, local communities have been neglected by past administrations when it comes to road repair. The governor said he’s organized a spreadsheet showing how much funding each county and township would recieve annually for roads. 

The governor had no update on the emergency declaration issued for Jefferson, Monroe, and Gournsey counties.

Governor Dewine announced last week that he plans on funding nearly 22 million dollars for mental health and substance abuse funding. 

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