The state capital improvement budget will mean $2.39 billion distributed to hundreds of construction projects around the state

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Governor John Kasich and state lawmakers are playing Santa Claus and making Christmas come in the spring to many Ohio communities.

The state capital improvement budget will mean $2.39 billion distributed to hundreds of construction projects around the state. It's projected to create 31,000 jobs.

But it's not just government buildings.

Museums, waterfront and neighborhood projects are also getting checks.

Can Ed FitzGerald Democrats find anything in this to complain about?

Does finding this much money in the state budget mean Ohio's economy is rebounding?

Are they an attempt to level the playing field for all Ohioans on voting? Or are they a flagrant attempt by Republican lawmakers to suppress voter turnout in key demographic groups?

Congresswoman Marcia Fudge labelled reductions in early voting as "racist" and declared she's "ashamed" to be from Ohio.

How does Ohio compare with other states in early voting days and opportunities? What will the impact of these laws be on the November election? Will they stand up in court?

Positively Cleveland launched a bold, new branding campaign aimed mainly at younger generations to portray Cleveland as a place with "world class experience without the world class ego."

Will the campaign connect? What's reasonable to expect from it?

Republicans are expected to announce next week if Cleveland's a finalist for their convention.

Will Cleveland make the cut and bring Republicans here for a visit? Can coming to a Democratic city really help the GOP politically?

Tom Beres discusses these issues with Democratic former Shaker Heights Mayor Judy Rawson and Republican former State Representative Matt Dolan on this edition of Between the Lines.

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