Rep. Romanchuk Applauds House Passage Of Biennial Budget
Am. Sub. H.B. 59 increases funding for schools, cuts income taxes, and begins to transform health care in Ohio
 
 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Mark Romanchuk (R-Ontario) has announced that the Ohio House of Representatives yesterday passed a bipartisan, comprehensive state operating budget that provides crucial assistance to schools and community programs, while at the same time reducing the burden on Ohio’s taxpayers.


In addition to providing Ohioans with a $1.5 billion state income tax cut over the next two years, Amended Substitute House Bill 59 also ensures that none of Ohio’s school districts will receive less state aid than they did in FY 2013, increases funding for special education, mental health services and addiction services, and takes significant steps to make higher education more affordable.


“This budget makes a variety of important reforms to ensure that taxpayer dollars from Richland County and around the state are being spent responsibly,” Rep. Romanchuk said. “In addition to taxes, a variety of important decisions were made in regard to health care and education. The passage of the bill is one more step in the process, and I look forward to seeing what the final legislation contains at the end of June.”


During Thursday’s voting session, the House adopted an amendment to Am. Sub. H.B. 59 that aims to transform Medicaid and Ohio’s health care delivery system. The amendment will require the director of the Governor’s Office of Health Transformation and the director of Medicaid to submit to the General Assembly a proposal to reform Medicaid.


Specifically, the goals of the amendment include:


• Focusing on moving certain individuals off Medicaid and onto an employer-sponsored health insurance or the health insurance marketplace
• Implementing strategies to lower Medicaid caseloads by offering workforce readiness, educational services and wellness services
• Seeking to lower the net state and federal costs for the Medicaid program and reduce the number of individuals who enroll in Medicaid over time


Am. Sub. H.B. 59 will now move to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

 
 
 
  
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