On Tuesday, leadership in the Ohio House of Representatives appointed State Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) to the Finance and Appropriations Committee. This committee oversees Ohio’s expenditures through the biennial budget process and the capital appropriations process. 


Rep. Cera served on the Ohio House Finance Committee in the past, where he chaired the development section of the committee and oversaw 29 state agency budgets.


“I am happy to receive this appointment, as I feel eastern Ohio needs someone to serve as their voice on funding issues that impact this region and our livelihoods,” said Rep. Cera.


The first action of business that Rep. Cera had in the House Finance Committee included a “yes” vote today for the renewal of Senate Joint Resolution 6, a proposal that maintains the state’s long-standing commitment to have voters approve state bonds for local infrastructure improvements. This funding is necessary to help local governments maintain roads, bridges and infrastructure across the state.


“The dollars allocated for this purpose helps ensure public health, safety and welfare. This funding is vital for the economic well-being of Ohioans,” said Representative Cera.


SJR 6 passed the Ohio House today by a vote of 90-2.

 
 
 
  
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Rep. Cera Announces State Funds For Disaster Relief Efforts In Eastern Ohio

 

State Representative Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) announced today that the State Controlling Board voted in support of releasing funds through the State Disaster Relief Program (SDRP) to meet the local government’s obligation for disaster relief.  The funding is necessary in order to pull down the FEMA funds needed for clean-up.



 
 

Representatives Cera And Rogers Give Testimony On Bill To Expand Homestead Tax Exemption

 

State Representatives Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) and John Rogers (D- Mentor-On-The-Lake) provided sponsor testimony this week on House Bill 99, legislation that expands the eligibility for the Homestead Tax Exemption while also increasing the amount of the deduction.

The legislation as introduced would lower the property tax burden of retirees and disabled adults by reducing the taxable value of their home and therefore what they must pay in property taxes.  House Bill 99 also increases the eligibility for the tax deduction by increasing the means test threshold of eligibility from $32,800 a year to $60,000 for retired couples. Homeowners eligible for this tax exemption would see an average annual increase in savings from the current $498 per year to $597.



 
 

Rep. Cera Announces $758,685 For County Transportation In House District

 

State Rep. Jack Cera  (D-Bellaire) today issued a statement announcing $758,685 in funding for public transit in Ohio House District 96.  Steel Valley Regional Transit Authority ($626,461), Eastern Ohio Regional Transit Authority ($93,403), Monroe County Public Transportation ($38,821) are part of local transit authorities in line to receive the funding.  



 
 

Rep. Cera Announces Passage Of Bill To Exempt Feminine Hygiene Products From State Sales Tax

 

State Representative Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) announced the passage of legislation that exempts the sale of tampons and other feminine hygiene products from the sales tax.

Known as the “pink tax” exemption, the provision applies to tampons, pads and other feminine hygiene products. According to a fiscal analysis from the Legislative Service Commission, Ohio women give the state nearly $4 million in annual taxes from purchasing feminine hygiene products.