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John Supports House Budget Bill

April 22, 2021
Marilyn S. John News

COLUMBUS – The Ohio House of Representative yesterday passed House Bill 110, the House’s version of Ohio’s two-year budget plan. State Representative Marilyn John (R-Richland County) voted in support of the bill. Among various aspects, the bill establishes the Fair School Funding Plan and provides a two percent income tax cut to Ohioans.

“House Bill 110 is a balance budget that introduces several imperative measures to Ohioans,” said John. “A priority of mine is the 2 percent income tax cut that will allow hard-working Ohioans to keep more of their hard-earned funds in their own pockets. I am also proud to support the creation of the Fair School Funding Plan to ensure Ohio school children are receiving the best education possible.”

House Bill 110 creates the Fair School Funding Plan, a fair plan to all of Ohio’s public schools. The Fair School Funding Plan is the result of more than three years of work by educators and policymakers with a formula that is predictable, sustainable and transparent.

The legislation also includes a two percent income tax rate cut across the board, which will reduce taxes and withholding amounts by approximately $380 million over the course of the biennium. Coupled with recently passed legislation conforming Ohio’s tax code to federal law, the House has provided nearly $500 million in personal income tax cuts this biennium. The bill also establishes greater government oversight and accountability to ensure that state resources are being spent reasonably and used in a manner consistent with the intent of the General Assembly.

Additionally, the bill support jobs and Ohio’s economy through targeted investments to support job retention and creation, workforce training and economic development efforts. It allocates $200 million for the House’s broadband expansion package, House Bill 2, which John supported earlier this year. It also creates a 13-member joint legislative committee to study career pathways and workforce training. 

The bill supports law enforcement, firefighters and public safety by funding a series of initiatives to support those who protect and serve Ohioans every day. Some of these initiatives include the following:

  • $26 million for Recovery Ohio Law Enforcement to support anti-narcotics efforts
  • $24 million for safety grants for schools
  • $15 million for a one-year police training pilot program to assist law enforcement agencies with training costs
  • $10 million for grants to small fire departments for equipment and training
  • $10 million for grants to state and local law enforcement agencies to implement or enhance body-worn camera programs

House Bill 110 also appropriates $155 million in grants for industries negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including newly formed businesses. Grants from this funding will be available in the fiscal year beginning July 1. The grants include the following:

  • $100 million for bars and restaurants
  • $25 million for the lodging industry
  • $20 million for indoor and outdoor entertainment venues
  • $10 million for new businesses

The above are highlights of the very complex bill. More information on House Bill 110 can be found at The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.