Governor Kasich Signs House Bill 483
Legislation Includes Tax Cuts for Ohioans and Opioid Addiction Treatment Appropriations

COLUMBUS—State Representative Robert Sprague (R-Findley) joined Governor John Kasich yesterday for the signing of House Bill 483, which is the main component of the Mid-Biennium Review (MBR).  The MBR is a package of bills that strives to initiate reforms to state spending, agency operations, and state policies and programs.

House Bill 483 accomplishes the goal of putting more money into Ohioans’ pockets and supporting local services that will strengthen Ohio’s communities. It maintains the Ohio House’s continued commitment to laying a foundation for a successful future for the state as a whole and for the families and small businesses within Ohio’s borders. Through a series of tax cuts and new tax relief for low- and middle-income Ohioans, House Bill 483 prioritizes the issues that matter most to Ohioans:  services for the poor and vulnerable, additional resources for education, and vital investments in local governments.  

House Bill 483 initiates $400 million in tax relief for tax year 2014, including $225 million in tax relief for small businesses through a one-time increase of the small business tax credit and $175 million for individuals by accelerating the income tax reduction.  In addition, changes were made to the personal exemption and earned income tax credits.

Among other provisions, language in the bill works to curtail the opioid epidemic in the state by requiring local officials to work with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to ensure that a comprehensive continuum of care for the mentally ill and addicted population is available throughout the state.  Furthermore, around 400 recovery housing beds will become available across the state; which will be a key component for many Ohioans during their recovery.

“As we traveled around the state in our legislative study committee, we noticed that a lot of providers only had a 10 percent recovery rate for opioid addiction; but some providers had recovery rates around 60 percent.  The providers with 60 percent recovery rates have a system that integrates all of the aspects of successful recovery,” said Representative Sprague. “The language in House Bill 483 will ensure that our treatment system is integrated, which will give Ohioans a better shot at recovery.  We want to make sure that our mental health and addiction systems are effective and work together, especially in communities that don’t traditionally have aspects of mental health and addiction treatment in place.”

Governor Kasich signed House Bill 483 yesterday at the Mid-Ohio Foodbank in Grove City.

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