As we turn the page to 2014, I wanted to report on the progress The Ohio General Assembly has made in cutting taxes, reforming government and improving workforce development.  My top priority continues to be making Richland County a place where businesses can grow and create jobs that will provide a better quality of life for every family.


In June, my colleagues and I passed the biennial state budget which brings about many positive changes for Richland County and Ohio including:


Cutting Taxes


The state’s balanced budget plan slashes the state income tax and puts more money back in your pocket.  I voted to permanently cut the income tax by 8.5% beginning in fiscal year 2014, 9% in 2015, and 10% in 2016.  This represents nearly $2.7 billion in tax cuts that will benefit all Richland County families.  It is the largest “year-to-year” tax cut of any state in the nation.


Increased Funding for Richland County Schools


Education is crucial to improving the competiveness and vitality of our state.  That’s why I supported a new per-pupil formula which increases funding to Richland County schools by $11.4 million dollars without raising taxes.  The new formula puts a priority on the quality of education our children and grandchildren receive and better prepares them for success after high school.


Workforce Development


There is a critical need for workers with technical skills and knowledge.  In order to prepare our young people and unemployed adults for these positions, I voted to increase funding for job readiness programs in career-technical schools in Richland County which will provide this much needed training.


Many revisions to state law are the result of ideas from Ohioans like you.  I have met with many constituents this past year and look forward to hearing from you this year.  If you have ideas on how to continue Ohio’s progress, please contact me at 614-466-5802 or rep02@ohiohouse.gov.


Have a great year!

 
 
 
  
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