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Ohio House Passes Fiscally Responsible Biennial Budget

Cuyahoga County Delegation Remains Focused on Reducing Cuts in School Funding

COLUMBUS—State Representative Mike Dovilla (R-Berea), with the support of Representatives Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) and Nan Baker (R-Westlake), yesterday offered an amendment on the House floor to House Bill 153 to ensure that no school district would receive more than a 20 percent reduction in state reimbursements.

School districts in Cuyahoga County such as Berea, Rocky River, Westlake, Solon and North Royalton are facing disproportionate reductions in their budget due to the accelerated phase-out of the Tangible Personal Property Tax.

"This is a transformational budget that makes many of the long-deferred, difficult choices the people of Ohio sent us to Columbus to make," said Dovilla. "Its passage today represents an historic step in our effort to get Ohio working by restoring an environment that will spur economic development and job creation. As this bill now moves to the Senate, I will continue to work with my colleagues to improve the budget's education provisions and fight for the hard-working taxpayers who support the excellent schools of the 18th District."

“House Bill 153 is a budget that filled an $8 billion dollar deficit without raising taxes,” said Baker. “Along with streamlining government, we need to continue to focus on creating the environment for jobs. Government services only exist with taxpayer dollars and a strong private sector. In these challenging times, I will continue to work with our school officials in District 16 to secure the dollars they need to operate their schools. An educated workforce, along with job opportunities, is key to moving Ohio to prosperity.”

“Budgeting is a lengthy, difficult process,” said Anielski. “I appreciate the floor amendment offered by my colleague. Even though it did not pass, I will continue working with my constituents in representing them on this issue. As Substitute HB 153 moves to the Senate, I encourage 17th District constituent participation in the fluid budget process.”

The floor amendment was tabled by a vote of 19-69.

House Bill 153—the product of 57 committee hearings, 811 witnesses and nearly 200 hours of testimony—maintains a commitment to Ohio’s job climate and fiscal sustainability. It successfully makes significant reductions in the size of state government and closes the $8 billion budget gap.

Among the priorities of the budget is a focus on Ohio’s economy and job market. In addition to including a measure to incentivize educated individuals to relocate to Ohio to pursue a college degree, House Bill 153 also eliminates the death tax effective January 1, 2013, to support small business owners, homeowners, farmers, retirees and entrepreneurs. It also solidifies the proposal to transfer the wholesale liquor enterprise to JobsOhio by clearly delineating the division of responsibility between the Department of Commerce licensing and merchandising functions.

House Bill 153 also provides much-needed transparency for parents and taxpayers with the inclusion of Representative Dovilla’s amendment requiring the Ohio Department of Education to report annually to each district its ratio of administrative vs. instructional spending, its per-pupil amount for each purpose and its percentage of funds for operating.

House Bill 153 passed from the House by a vote of 59-40 and will now move to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.