Rep. Arndt Announces Passage Of House Budget Plan
Fiscally sound budget bill prioritizes drug epidemic, local resources
 
 

COLUMBUS—The Ohio House of Representatives today passed House Bill 49, the state operating budget. The bill addresses some of Ohio’s most pressing issues, including more than $170 million in funding towards combating Ohio’s opioid epidemic and providing additional support for local governments. Rep. Arndt voted in support of the legislation.


In response to lower than expected revenue estimates, the House restrained spending and facilitated sound fiscal policies by staying under the rate of inflation for the first time in several years and spending about $2.5 billion less than the executive proposal over the biennium.


To underscore the importance of combating the state’s deadly opioid epidemic, the House appropriated funds totaling $170.6 million in new money to invest in prevention, treatment, mental health care, and workforce programs through the HOPES (Heroin, Opioids, Prevention, Education and Safety) Agenda. Resources will be directed as follows:
• $80 million toward treatment (transitional housing, ADAMHS boards, expanding treatment/detox programs, drug courts)
• $50 million toward supporting children (Child Protective Services and kinship care)
• $19.4 million toward mental health (stabilization centers, residential state supplement, BCI processing lab reports, telemedicine coverage and mental health court pilot program)
• $12.2 million toward prevention (community coalition funding, investing in innovation & technology, accessible educational resources and Start Talking!)
• $9 million toward workforce (Short-term certificates and SNAP workforce & training funding)



“This budget was extremely challenging due to the lower revenue estimates, but despite that, we were able to provide local support through the HOPES initiative and to add local resources to help out our communities,” said Rep. Arndt.



Additional provisions in the budget include:
• Modernizing the CAUV (Current Agricultural Use Value) Formula to give farmers more dispensation upon a true value of agricultural use, while having minimal impact on Ohio’s schools and local governments
• Ensuring children receive the care and attention they deserve by restoring the Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps (BCMH) program and funding it at $3 million per year
• Directing additional resources to the local level by increasing funding for Indigent Defense
The House’s budget bill, sponsored by House Finance Chairman Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell), will now go to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

 
 
 
  
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