Columbus - 
State Senator Bill Coley (R- Liberty Township) issued the following statement today regarding the Ohio Senate's passage of House Bill 153, the state's operating budget: "From the outset of this process, legislators knew we would be tasked with closing a multibillion dollar shortfall, and I am pleased we were able to meet this challenge without raising taxes on Ohio families. The status quo in Ohio is no longer acceptable - we need to make a dramatic change in the way we operate this state. We need to create a streamlined, cost-effective government that is adaptable to a quickly-changing environment, and this budget is a good step in that direction. "Our proposal also lets Ohioans keep more of their hard-earned money by keeping the final phase-in of the historic income tax reduction that was approved in 2005 and eliminating the estate tax. It also prioritizes education by keeping the costs of higher education affordable and guaranteeing that local public school districts will receive at least their current level of state aid during the next two years (excluding federal stimulus funding). "My colleagues and I were faced with many difficult decisions over the last few months, but I am confident that the budget before us now invests in what truly matters - Ohioans and our communities - and gives us a more stable fiscal foundation for the future."
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COLUMBUS - State Senator Bill Coley (R-Liberty Township) will join business leaders TOMORROW to announce legislation aimed at restoring the decision-making authority of restaurant owners in determining whether to allow dogs in their outdoor spaces. 


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"Working together, we have cut almost $1.1 billion from the original version of the budget and have brought the budget in balance without putting Ohio's economy at risk by raising taxes," said Senator Coley, who serves a member of the Senate Finance Committee, which is responsible for balancing Ohio's two-year operating budget. 


Senate Approves Awareness Legislation Aimed At Curing Pediatric Brain Tumors In Honor Of Kyler Bradley


"Today is another milestone in our efforts to honor Kyler and all those who suffer, both directly and indirectly, from the devastation that DIPG causes families," said Coley. 

DIPG is an aggressive, malignant brain tumor found at the base of the brain stem, affecting approximately 200 to 400 children in the U.S each year. It is the second most common malignant brain tumor and is the leading cause of childhood death due to brain tumors. The average prognosis of those diagnosed is 9 months. Symptoms include double vision, inability to close the eyelids completely, drooping of one side of the face as well as difficulty chewing and swallowing.


Senate Panel Approves Local Mother's Awareness Effort Aimed At Curing Pediatric Brain Tumors


"Today is another milestone in our efforts to honor Kyler and all those we've lost too soon to DIPG," said Coley. "This simple measure offers hope for families that one day we can overcome this disease and the heartbreak it causes."