Rep. Ryan Applauds Bipartisan Passage Of Biennial Budget
Am. Sub. H.B. 64 cuts taxes, helps small businesses and provides a balanced approach to funding Ohio's schools
April 22, 2015
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State Representative Scott Ryan (R-Granville Twp.) today applauded the House passage of the two year state budget bill that allocates funding to schools, community projects and government initiatives, and also provides significant tax relief to all Ohio citizens and small businesses.

Major provisions within Am. Sub. House Bill 64 include:

  • Creating a $1.2  billion tax cut  (6.3 percent across-the-board income tax reduction) while not increasing any other taxes

  • Ensuring that no school district will see a decrease in state funding over the next two years

  • Instituting permanently a 75-percent tax deduction for the first $250,000 in small business income thereby assisting those entities in growth and job creation

  • Maintaining current relationships between individuals with developmental disabilities and their independent providers

  • Forming the Local Government Safety Capital Grant Program which can provide grants of up to $100,000 to local governments for public safety related capital costs

  • Establishing a commission to provide analysis for addressing long term education issues

  • Making a $10 million capital appropriation to begin work on the rehabilitation of the Buckeye Lake dam and requiring all contracts including incentives for early completion

“I am most pleased that concerns shared with me by residents of the 71st House District about school funding, tax policy, local government funding, and developmental disability independent providers were heard and addressed,” Ryan said. “I cannot overstate the value of the open process offered by Speaker Rosenberger and Finance Chairman Smith – both encouraged meaningful internal dialogue. The state budget has a long way to go before being signed into law, I would encourage anyone with questions or concerns to stay engaged and, budget-related or not, share your thoughts with your elected officials – the process can work!”

The House’s budget plan has received support from various business groups and interested parties for its business-friendly tax initiatives. Some of these groups include the Buckeye Institute, Americans for Tax Reform, the Council of Smaller Enterprises, the Ohio Farm Bureau, the Ohio Society of CPAs, the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association, the National Federation of Independent Business/Ohio (NFIB), the Greater Cleveland Partnership, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce and the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants.

“With this budget, we are targeting reduction in the income tax as favored by Gov. Kasich. This proposal will encourage economic and job growth while avoiding any tax increases, providing the predictability businesses require to plan and expand,” said Rep. Ryan.

With a focused approach on guaranteeing that Ohioans are able to get the health care they need, the budget proposal also develops a plan to assist individuals who need help getting off government aid by implementing cost transparency measures, requiring the Department of Medicaid to seek waivers to allow for savings accounts and work requirements, and requiring a report of clinical care and outcomes of the Medicaid expansion population to be examined by the General Assembly.

Other provisions in the bill include:

  • Creating  a commission to plan predictable long term tax reform

  • Creating the Ohio Military Facilities Commission, which would provide state funding to military installations in Ohio to ensure that they are prepared for the upcoming BRAC

    • Supporting rape crisis centers with an additional $500,000 per year

    • Providing an additional $2.75 million per year to Ohio food banks

    • Creating the Health Food Financing Initiative to support access to healthy food in underserved areas

    • Maintaining TANF funding for the Ohio Pregnancy and Parenting Support Program

    • Earmarking $750,000 per year to the Ohio Legal Aid Fund to provide representation to economically disadvantaged veterans.

    • Providing $1.25 million to the Secretary of State to mail absentee ballot applications to Ohio voters

    • Establishing the Defense/Aerospace Workforce Development Initiative and appropriating $10 million per year to strengthen Ohio’s aviation industry

    • Extending safe harbor provisions to teachers and students through FY’17

    • Appropriating funds to the Resurrecting Lives Foundation for traumatic brain injury programs

The budget bill now heads to the state senate for further consideration.

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