Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) has released a statement regarding the House’s budget plan in response to recent comments from the Office of Budget and Management:

“The House’s budget was crafted with three main areas of focus: a sustainable tax structure, consistent and reliable funding for our schools, and long-term plans to monitor both these issues and other government programs. With our plan, Ohioans are receiving $1.2 billion in tax relief, with the top rate below 5 percent. Rather than shifting taxes on Ohioans, we implemented a 2020 Tax Policy Study Commission to properly examine and discuss Ohio’s tax policy and ensure that Ohio remains competitive before we enter into the next budget cycle.

Our projected revenues from LSC are a difference of only 0.84 percent compared to the OBM estimates. This is all part of the legislative process and as we approach conference committee, estimates will change and I am confident all parties will make efforts to adjust these initial estimates if necessary. Our balanced budget provides for a $327 million surplus at the end of FY’ 17, as compared to the $27 million in the governor’s plan—ensuring a balanced budget that spends less in GRF funds than the governor’s initial proposal.

The governor’s plan began the conversation, and the House continued that dialogue by building a budget that is holistic, fiscally balanced and forward-thinking. The House voted out the budget with bipartisan support last week and it is now in the hands of the Senate. I look forward to working with them and the governor to ensure that Ohio’s future remains bright.”

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