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Rep. LaRe: Ohio House Approves New Two-Year State Budget

July 19, 2019
Jeff LaRe News

COLUMBUS – State Representative Jeff LaRe (R-Violet Township) voted in support of the new two-year state budget that includes major health care reforms as well as tax relief for Ohio families.

The measure, House Bill 166, also includes record funding for schools, as well as historic investments in foster care, higher education and initiatives for seniors.

“I was happy to support House Bill 166, which received strong bipartisan backing,” said Rep. LaRe. “This budget puts Ohio families and communities first by allowing families to keep more of their hard earned income, heightening aide for foster care and increasing funding for schools and libraries.  I believe this budget will make a difference in Ohioan’s everyday lives.”

The tax package included in House Bill 166 calls for a personal income tax rate reduction of 4 percent across the board. It also eliminates the personal income tax for those earning less than $21,750.

Funding for Ohio’s schools would increase by $381.8 million for the 2019-20 school year, a 4.1 percent increase. There is a 2 percent increase slated for the 2020-21 school year. The bill also provides $20 million for districts to purchase school buses.

Increased support for foster care was among the priorities of the Ohio House. At any given moment, more than 15,000 children are in foster care in Ohio – a figure that has grown by more than 25 percent in recent years, driven by the addiction crisis.

The final budget agreement between the House and Senate includes major health care reforms, including a Medicaid pharmacy benefit manager reform. Under the legislation, Ohio would have one Medicaid PBM, a contract which would be competitively bid, and the selected PBM would be prohibited from having any conflicts of interest.

Also included in the budget are changes to Ohio’s graduation requirements. Beginning with the Class of 2023, students will have to meet current requirements plus attain a “competency score” on algebra I and English arts II end-of-course exams (or use an alternative demonstration of competency) and attain at least two state diploma seals. The plan includes related changes as well. Overall, it is designed to reduce reliance on testing for graduation and help students show their true promise. 

The measure passed with 75 affirmative votes and 17 negative votes and received a signature from Ohio Governor Mike DeWine.