COLUMBUS - State Senator Cliff Hite (R-Findlay) today praised the as-passed version of the state’s two-year budget proposal, which passed the Senate with a vote of 24-8. Despite a roughly $1 billion budget shortfall, the bill delivers Ohioans a balanced and sustainable budget, invests in essential public services, addresses Ohio’s opiate epidemic, and maintains investments in education—all without raising taxes.

“Even with a tight revenue stream to work with, minimal schools will receive cuts, and many schools are actually receiving funding increases,” said Hite. “As the chairman of the Finance Subcommittee on Primary-Secondary Education, we heard almost 20 hours of testimony from local education leaders. The fact is, despite some tough decisions, this budget maintained historic levels of state aid investments in our K-12 education and made an additional investment of $274 million over the biennium. That is something to be proud of.”

Senator Hite emphasized the inclusion of other provisions helping Northwest Ohio, including:

  • Updating the state’s CAUV policy for valuing land for agricultural purposes to ensure that the taxes paid by farmers are more closely tied to the income-producing potential of the land
  • Ohio’s Rural Jobs Act, which incentivizes agricultural job creation and economic development in the rural underserved areas of the state
  • Fighting drug abuse by allocating an additional $180 million in targeted prevention, recovery and enforcement efforts
  • Cutting administrative costs of government an average of 3-4 percent
  • Protecting essential services including food banks, cancer screenings, pregnancy centers, and clean water and food safety programs
  • Ohio's popular Sales Tax Holiday, which provides tax relief for families and encourages retail sales, has been extended to 2018

Governor John Kasich is expected to sign Amended Substitute House Bill 49 before midnight on Friday.

 
 
 
  
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“Even with a tight revenue stream to work with, minimal schools will receive cuts, and many schools are actually receiving funding increases,” said Hite. “As the chairman of the Finance Subcommittee on Primary-Secondary Education, we heard almost 20 hours of testimony from local education leaders. The fact is, despite some tough decisions, this budget maintained historic levels of state aid investments in our K-12 education and made an additional investment of $274 million over the biennium. That is something to be proud of.”