Ohio is working. As we watch the 24-hour news cycle, we watch the dysfunction and the partisan bickering that exists in Washington, D.C. and often think this is how all government works.  It’s my distinct privilege and honor to tell the folks of the 28th District, that’s not how things work in Columbus. 

It’s an honor to serve with such a diverse group of individuals from across the state, where we all uniformly agree on the issues that are important to the 11.5 million residents of Ohio.  Although it might come as a surprise to some, this General Assembly has made its number one objective to ensure that all perspectives are taken into consideration.

The Ohio House passed the two-year operating budget on April 22, a bill that underwent several months of scrutiny and testimony.  In the House version of the budget, we take care of society’s most vulnerable, ensure our children will receive a quality education, and protect and grow the middle class.  On balance, the budget bill took many important strides to help both our state and the people of the 28th House District.

I was proud to vote in favor of a budget that protected our schools.  My amendments to the House’s plan ensure that no school district in the state will receive a funding cut.  It was important to me to fight for and support this provision, preventing the loss of millions of dollars to area school districts like Princeton, Sycamore and Madeira.

At the same time, the House’s budget proposal provides more than $1.2 billion in tax relief to hardworking Ohioans and all small businesses in Ohio. This includes an across-the-board 6.3-percent income tax cut, bringing the top marginal rate to just below 5 percent.

I have also had the privilege to work on a number of other important issues.  Most recently, I joined Rep. Margy Conditt of Butler County to introduce the Ohio ABLE Act, a bill that makes it possible for Ohioans with disabilities to create tax-advantaged accounts.  This legislation will help improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities, as opposed to being relegated to a life of poverty.

Finally, I sponsored legislation known as “Open Ohio” (and often referred to as the “Online Checkbook”), which would create an online database for Ohio residents to use that helps them monitor state spending. Increasing transparency is necessary to keep government honest.  At a time when technology can be so easily utilized, this bill only makes sense. The legislation passed out of the House earlier this month, and is now up for consideration in the State Senate.

As always please do not hesitate to reach out to my office at any time at (614) 466-8120 or Rep28@ohiohouse.gov

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Rep. Jonathan Dever Announces Sales Tax Holiday For First Weekend Of August

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State Representative Jonathan Dever (R-Madeira) today announced that Ohio’s annual sales tax holiday is set for the first weekend of August. The sales tax holiday is intended to provide families with tax relief in preparation for the new school year. From Friday, August 3rd through Sunday, August 5th, clothing items up to $75 each and school supplies or instructional materials up to $20 each will be free of taxes if purchased during this weekend.