When I took office in 2011, along with Gov. John Kasich and the Republican majority, there was a structural deficit of $8 billion and 89 cents in the rainy day fund. Fixing these serious problems required making tough decisions to not only balance the budget, but to restore the important rainy day fund that Ohio was prepared in the event of an economic downturn.


 The tough decisions that the state legislature had to make took different forms. Not only did the state have to cut the budget in almost every category they could, we also had to find ways to grow the economy by attracting new businesses and helping our current businesses expand. The problem is usually not that people are paying too little in taxes, but that there are not enough people contributing to the system. Because of this, we needed to find ways to put people back to work.


 Attempting to balance the budget, while at the same time encouraging job growth through tax cuts, required the state to reduce payments to our local government partners. This means that not only did the state have to make cuts to its budget, but many local governments had to reduce their spending as well. 


 I commend our cities, villages, townships, and schools for becoming more efficient with their money, while at the same time maintaining a high level of quality in the services the communities are providing. I still believe that we live in the best part of the state, and local leaders deserve credit for making tough decisions while still providing excellent services to their communities. To all the mayors, city councils, township trustees, and administrators, as well as the police and fire departments and schools, I want to recognize the great work they do and offer my heartfelt thank you.

 
 
 
  
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Reps. Henne, Grossman Testify In Support Of Municipal Income Tax Reform

 
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State Representatives Mike Henne (R-Clayton) and Cheryl Grossman (R-Grove City) today offered sponsor testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee in support of House Bill 5, legislation that strives to make Ohio’s municipal income tax system simple, fair, predictable, and more cost-effective for businesses.