COLUMBUS – State Rep. Diane Grendell (R-Chesterland) and the General Assembly passed House Bill 110, known as the two-year state operating budget for Fiscal Years 2022-2023. The legislation highlights include a new school funding reform plan, tax relief, jobs and economic support, and several other initiatives.
“I am pleased to vote on the budget to bring valuable tax dollars back to House District 76,” said Grendell.
Grendell highlighted the following key investments that positively impact the 76th House District:
- $70K for the Geauga County Polystyrene Recycling Grant
- $26K for Aurora Sunny Lakes Park Wheelchair accessible fishing pier project
- $320K for STEM Initiative Funding to middle school students in Geauga and Portage County, affiliated with Alliance for Working Together
- $100K for Portage County Battered Women’s Shelter
- $200K to support the Kent State University Rising Scholars Program
- $200K to Kent State University as part of the Rural University Program
- $3.6M for court-appointed special advocates (CASA) programs
The school funding reform plan included in the bill is the result of more than three years of work by educators and policymakers. The Fair School Funding Plan is predictable, sustainable and transparent.
The bill includes a 3 percent across the board personal income tax cut. The tax reform plan reduces the number of tax brackets from five to four, and eliminates the income tax for anyone making less than $25,000 per year. Overall, these and other tax changes in the budget reduce taxes $2 billion over the biennium.
Additionally, the budget bill provides targeted investments to support Ohio jobs, businesses and the economy. This portion of the bill focuses on expanding procurement law to give preference to American and Ohio products. The legislation also focuses on workforce development through a committee to study workforce training and several programs to support employment opportunities.
House Bill 110 also includes a series of provisions in support of law enforcement, firefighters and public safety. Some of the initiatives include security grants, school safety grants, body cameras, law enforcement training investment, firefighter grants, and funding for the Ohio Cyber Reserve.
The budget plan, under House Bill 110, now heads to Governor DeWine for his signature.