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."
Featured Posts

Coley Announces $2.62 Billion Investment In Ohio's Local Communities, Highlights Butler County Projects


COLUMBUS - State Senator Bill Coley (R-Liberty Township) announced the introduction of the state's Capital Budget, a $2.62 billion investment in Ohio's infrastructure and local community projects. 


ADVISORY: Coley To Introduce Legislation Requiring Audit Of The Medical Marijuana Control Program


COLUMBUS - State Senator Bill Coley (R-Liberty Township) will hold a press conference tomorrow, February 22 at 11 a.m. in the Senate Press Room to announce legislation that would require the Auditor of State to conduct and release a performance audit of the Medical Marijuana Control Program.


MEDIA ADVISORY: Coley To Announce Bill Restoring Control To Restaurant Owners, Allowing Dogs On Patios


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. 


Coley Announces Passage Of Senate Budget That Closes Fiscal Shortfall And Protects Essential Services


"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.