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23 Aug 2017 Ohio Senate Votes to Support 6 of the 11 House Override Vetoes

  The Ohio Senate met on Aug. 22 in a veto override session to take up the 11 veto overrides by the Ohio House on July 6 . These 11 overrides are part of the 47 vetoes the governor issued to HB 49 (Smith) and signed on June 30. The Senate did not take up several of the items at this time to allow more time for interested parties to work on the issues. With the Senate support of a House override, the provision remains…

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06 Jul 2017 Ohio House Votes to Override 11 of Governor’s Vetoes

The Ohio House met today in a rare veto override session, with the much-anticipated override of Gov. John Kasich’s Medicaid enrollment veto failing to materialize, as the House did not bring that item up for consideration.   Instead, the House overrode 11 of the 47 items vetoed by the governor. Listed below is what the House voted this morning to override, with some items gaining bipartisan support. Each item to be overridden was voted on separately.   The House concluded the veto discussion by leaving…

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06 Jul 2017 Ohio Budget Update

Budget Overview   The Conference Committee for the HB 49 (Smith) Operating Budget finalized its work at the end of June with a vote 4-2 along party lines. The Conference Committee had to reconcile more than 600 differences between the Executive, House and Senate versions of the budget bill. The Conference Committee report was approved by the Ohio House by a vote of 59-38 and the Ohio Senate approved it 24-8. The bill was sent to Gov. John Kasich for his signature on June 30….

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06 Jul 2017 State Budget Update: Medicaid Budget in HB 49 (Smith) Operating Budget FY 18-19

This post is part of a series of blog posts that explore the Ohio Budget Update.     The Medicaid budget is always the most challenging and controversial portion of the budget, which makes up over 30 percent of the state budget. The need to reduce the state share of the General Revenue Fund was challenging enough in Medicaid because every dollar you reduce in the state share has a larger impact on the federal match for Medicaid, which in Ohio is a 60 percent…

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06 Jul 2017 State Budget Update: K-12 Education and Higher Education

This post is part of a series of blog posts that explore the Ohio Budget Update.   This is the final budget of Gov. John Kasich’s two-term administration and it was a challenging budget for the legislature and the administration, with an ongoing decline in state revenue during the current fiscal year.  With the initial announcement in March, state leaders proposed that the pending budget would need to be reduced by $800 million in general revenue funds over the biennium. This total grew to nearly…

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06 Jul 2017 State Budget Update: Tax Related Provisions

This post is part of a series of blog posts that explore the Ohio Budget Update.     Gov. John Kasich signed the budget bill close to midnight on June 30, but not before he vetoed 47 provisions.   This is the final budget of the governor’s two-term administration and it was a challenging budget for the legislature and the administration with an ongoing decline in state revenue during the current fiscal year.  With the initial announcement in March, state leaders proposed that the pending…

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06 Jul 2017 State Budget Update: Impact on Ohio’s Opioid Crisis

This post is part of a series of blog posts that explore the Ohio Budget Update.   This is the final budget of the Gov. John Kasich’s two-term administration and it was a challenging budget for the legislature and the administration with an ongoing decline in state revenue during the current fiscal year.  With the initial announcement, in March state leaders proposed that the pending budget would need to be reduced by $800 million in general revenue funds over the biennium. This total grew to…

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05 Jul 2017 Gov. Kasich Signs Budget Bill HB49 in Late-Night Ceremony, Issues Line-Item Vetoes

Ohio’s budget watchers were up late on the night of June 30 as Gov. John Kasich signed into law his fourth and final budget as governor. Term-limited in 2018 and unable to run for another term, Kasich began signing the state’s budget bill, Am. Sub. HB49, only minutes before midnight, just before the state’s new fiscal year began on July 1.   Against the backdrop of the state’s lagging revenues and flanked by members of his staff and cabinet, the state’s biennial $125 billion spending…

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14 Jun 2017 Overview: Ohio Senate Sub-Bill

  As expected, the Ohio Senate took action on June 12 outlining changes to the state budget in its own bill, Substitute House Bill 49 (Smith). The bill was later accepted for consideration during a hearing of the Senate Finance committee, chaired by Sen. Scott Oelslager (R-North Canton). This version aims to balance a budget in the face of a projected shortfall of nearly $1 billion, as state revenues have continued to come in under estimates. This figure is higher than the administration’s request of…

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07 Jun 2017 Ohio’s Budget Bill Awaiting Changes From Ohio Senate

  With the state’s revenues lagging and officials scrambling to come up with nearly $800 million reductions in state general revenue fund (GRF) dollars from the Ohio administration’s budget proposal introduced in February, the Ohio Senate is expected to make a slew of changes to the House-passed version before voting the bill out later this month.   Below are five key factors that will likely shape the Senate’s version before it heads to conference committee and ultimately to the governor’s desk by June 30.  …

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