With the start of a new general assembly, a challenging yet essential task awaits: crafting the biennial state operating budget. The Ohio House and Senate are heavily involved in the process of creating and revising this package of bills that allocates the state’s financial resources with regard to thousands of funding priorities. It is no easy task, to be sure, and one that necessitates months of deliberation before the final bills go to the Governor’s office to be signed into law.


As a new legislator, this budget cycle has been a learning process for me, and I want to share some insight into how the state budget works and discuss the final product that was recently signed by the Governor. The budget process begins early, when budget requests from local governments and state agencies are sent to the Governor’s office for consideration. These requests, coupled with pertinent data such as spending predictions and revenue estimates, inform the Governor’s office and the Office of Budget and Management in the formation of the executive budget proposal.


The Ohio House is the first legislative body to examine the budget proposal, which we received from the Governor in late January. The Governor’s budget proposal is composed of four important policy areas: the main operating, transportation, workers’ compensation, and industrial commission budgets. The House Finance Committee, comprised of subcommittees that provide refined focus on specific policy areas, deliberates and discusses these proposals. The final bills are then debated on the House floor, and the passed, House-version of the budget heads to the Senate.


The Senate further considers changes and eventually agrees on its own revised version of the budget package, through a similar process to the House. The next crucial step is for the two chambers to meet together, discuss the bills as they stand after the initial review, and send a final version to the Governor. June 30, which was the last day of the fiscal year, served as the deadline for the Governor to sign the budget bills. I proudly stand behind the budget that was produced with the collaboration of the legislature and the administration, as it is a fiscally responsible spending plan that prioritizes Ohio’s greatest needs,


As you can see, it takes months of research, input, and deliberation to produce a workable and sensible state budget. The legislature, as well as local governments, state agencies, and the administration, all work together to assemble a budget that best reflects the interests of our state. Our final product keeps spending under the rate of inflation over the biennium, while still committing to our state’s highest priorities, like the opioid epidemic and school funding. From a $180 million investment to fight drug addiction to making the attainment of a college degree more cost effective, Ohio’s state budget will do more for you and your community.

 
 
 
  
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Representative Greenspan Sworn In As State Representative Of The 16th House District

 
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State Representative Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) was sworn in yesterday as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives for the 132nd General Assembly. He represents the 16th Ohio House District, which includes Bay Village, Fairview Park, North Olmsted, Rocky River, and Westlake.