COLUMBUS—State Representative Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin) announced that last week the Ohio House of Representatives approved the conference committee report on Amended Substitute House Bill 49, the state operating budget. With a major focus on combating Ohio’s dangerous drug epidemic and ensuring that schools receive vital funding, the legislation provides support to areas most in need and keeps spending under the rate of inflation over the biennium. 

“Not only is this budget balanced but it ensures that spending stays under the rate of inflation without raising taxes,” Rep. Reineke said. “Additionally, the bill tackles Ohio’s dangerous opioid epidemic and funds our HOPES (Heroin, Opioids, Prevention, Education, and Safety) Agenda by investing $180 million in new money to fight drug addiction through coordinated care, focusing on treatment, prevention, workforce reintegration, and mental health.”

This budget also addresses other key areas which include:

• Reducing the number of tax brackets from nine to seven, providing consistency in Ohio’s tax structure by ensuring that taxes are not raised, and modernizing Ohio’s CAUV formula with minimal impact to schools and local governments
• Expanding workforce education options and addressing the costs of higher education by providing financial assistance to obtain short-term certificates and promoting tuition guarantee programs
• Ensuring that children receive the care and attention they deserve by restoring the Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps (BCMH) and increasing Child, Family, and Community Protection services

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