Columbus - 
State Senator Peggy Lehner (R- Kettering) issued the following statement today regarding the Ohio Senate's passage of House Bill 153, the state's operating budget. "For the past several months, legislators have concentrated on finding ways to close Ohio's $8.5 billion budget while also providing Ohioans with greater control over the money they earn. Without the implementation of a single tax increase, the Ohio Senate has passed a biennium bill that effectively closes the budget shortfall, reduces current spending practices, and places children and families first." "Spending reductions of $3 billion will be seen in Fiscal Year 2012 followed by $2.4 billion in Fiscal Year 2013. Consolidation of Medicaid services and the increased effort to answer public sector needs with private sector resources promise to streamline government services while also reducing costs. In addition, the preservation of the final phase-in of the 21-percent income tax reduction from 2005 will alleviate economic stress on Ohioans in all 88 counties." "This budget has restored Help Me Grow funding in order to assist our infants and families who are in the most need of our help and has taken a major step in placing Ohio on the forefront of education excellence. We have expanded school choice in our state while also creating new standards for effectiveness in learning. My colleagues and I are determined to stand up for our children and our schools" .
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“We should always be trying to improve efficiency, transparency and accountability in our public school system, and this bill gives us an opportunity to do that,” said Senator Lehner.


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Lehner Highlights Need For Student Discipline Reforms During Keynote Address


"Educators in this state are under an unbelievable amount of pressure, much of which has nothing to do with their primary role in preparing our next generation of Ohioans for success in the 21st Century economy," said Lehner.