Rep. Bill Reineke Applauds Bipartisan Passage Of Biennial Budget
Am. Sub. H.B. 64 cuts taxes, helps small businesses and provides a balanced approach to funding Ohio's schools
April 22, 2015
 
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COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin) today applauded the House passage of Amended Substitute House Bill 64, the biennial state budget bill that allocates funding to schools, community projects and government initiatives, as well as providing significant tax relief to all Ohioans and small businesses in the state.


As part of Am. Sub. House Bill 64, Ohioans will see a sizable tax cut totaling $1.2 billion over the biennium with a 6.3 percent across-the-board income tax reduction beginning this year, lowering the top rate to just under 5 percent—the lowest it has been since 1982. The bill prioritizes small businesses by permanently instituting a 75-percent tax deduction for the first $250,000 in income, ensuring that businesses can grow and create jobs. A commission has also been created in the legislation to discuss further tax reform for the benefit of Ohioans and Ohio businesses.


“This budget is all about jobs,” Rep. Reineke said. “My main focus going into the process was centered on maximizing opportunities for businesses to create jobs, for people to get the skills they need to fill those jobs, and keep moving our economy forward. There are measures in here that focus on creating opportunities with workforce development and education initiatives, and we also worked to remove barriers that businesses face in their day-to-day operations. We have to keep getting government out of the way to let our businesses thrive. I think we made great strides accomplishing that with this budget.”


The House’s budget plan has received support from various business groups and interested parties for its business-friendly tax initiatives. Some of these groups include the Buckeye Institute, Americans for Tax Reform, the Council of Smaller Enterprises, the Ohio Farm Bureau, the Ohio Society of CPAs, the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association, the Ohio Service Industry Coalition, the National Federation of Independent Business/Ohio (NFIB), the Greater Cleveland Partnership, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce and the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants.


On the issue of school funding, Am. Sub. House Bill 64 appropriates $950 million in state-aid—increasing the executive proposal by $270 million. The school funding component of the bill ensures that no school will see a decrease in state funding over the next two years.  Additionally, the passed legislation allocates funding to make up for dollars lost because of the TPP and KWH reimbursement phase-out.


Pertaining to higher education, the budget bill allows students to take higher numbers of credit hours without any additional fees, increasing the likelihood they will graduate early or on time. Provisions in the bill also require colleges participating in the College Credit Plus Program to offer an associate degree pathway and fund the Workforce Grant Program.


With a focused approach on guaranteeing that Ohioans are able to get the health care they need, the budget proposal develops a plan to assist individuals who need help getting off government aid by implementing cost transparency measures, requiring the Department of Medicaid to seek waivers to allow for savings accounts and work requirements, and requiring a report of clinical care and outcomes of the Medicaid expansion population to be examined by the General Assembly.


Other provisions in the bill include:



  • Forming the Local Government Safety Capital Grant Program to provide up to $100,000 to help local governments pay for public safety-related capital costs

  • Providing an additional $12 million in state funding per year for indigent defense, and earmarking $750,000 per year to the Ohio Legal Aid Fund to provide representation to economically disadvantaged veterans.

  • Extending safe harbor provisions to teachers and students through FY’17

  • Increasing funding for public libraries by $10 million per year

  • Creating the Ohio Military Facilities Commission, which would provide state funding to military installations in Ohio to ensure that they are prepared for the upcoming BRAC


    • Supporting rape crisis centers with an additional $500,000 per year

    • Providing an additional $2.75 million per year to Ohio food banks

    • Creating the Health Food Financing Initiative to support access to healthy food in underserved areas

    • Maintaining TANF funding for the Ohio Pregnancy and Parenting Support Program

    • Providing $1.25 million to the Secretary of State to mail absentee ballot applications to Ohio voters

    • Establishing the Defense/Aerospace Workforce Development Initiative and appropriating $10 million per year to strengthen Ohio’s aviation industry

    • Appropriating funds to the Resurrecting Lives Foundation for traumatic brain injury programs



Am. Sub. House Bill 64 will now head to the Senate for further consideration.

 
 
 
  
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