We in the Ohio House have been working on the state budget since the governor released his proposal in February. We took a huge step in the process last month when our version of the budget bill was passed in the Ohio House with bipartisan support. While other portions of the state budget such as the Transportation and Public Safety budget were passed and signed into law months ago, Am. Sub. H.B. 64 is the major piece of budget legislation. It is now in the Ohio Senate for continued evaluation, and will be returning to the House soon for concurrence.


I can attest to the amount of hard work that went into crafting this legislation. The House Finance Committee heard testimony from Ohioans of all walks of life, and I feel strongly that this bill is in the best interest of our state and its citizens.


The House has made some big changes to the original proposal. When we took on the task of working on this crucial document, the House made cutting taxes for Ohioans a priority. Am. Sub. H.B. 64 features an across-the-board 6.3 percent income tax cut, a huge step in the right direction. Most impressively, the House was able to do this without hiking Commercial Activity Tax, sales tax, cigarette taxes and severance taxes.


In addition, the 75 percent tax deduction for small businesses was made permanent. By helping entrepreneurs get their businesses on their feet, we can help create new jobs across the state. Job creation has been a major priority for the past several General Assemblies, and this budget bill reflects that in its tax cuts and its support of Ohio’s growing industries.


Now that the bill is in the Ohio Senate, we must wait to see what kind of changes our colleagues in the other chamber make to the bill.  With the shared ultimate goal of continuing Ohio’s progress, I am confident that we can stay on the right track with this state operating budget. I hope you will not hesitate to contact my office in regards to this and any other state government related issues so that we can work together.

 
 
 
  
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