The Ohio House Finance Committee began work on the Ohio budget in February. Since then, dozens of hearings have been held in sub-committees. The House Ways & Means Committee held nine hearings on various tax components of the proposal. One Ohio Now testified on March 22nd encouraging the legislator to consider new revenue options to improve our schools, invest in infrastructure, and create thriving communities.
The House will be in recess the weeks of April 10th and April 17th for the Passover and Easter Holidays. The House Finance Committee will resume the week of the 24th and will likely announce their version of the Ohio budget during that week.
One Ohio Now released its 2nd annual State of Ohio Report on April 3rd. This report takes a ‘big picture’ view of how Ohio measures up to other states. Ohio continues to lag behind the national averages in many areas centered around the Economy & Employment, Education, Health & Home, and on issues of Inequality. Ohio could improve our national rankings – and the lives of all Ohioans – through smart and targeted investments. First, we will need the revenue to make those targeted investments. By closing tax loopholes, rethinking income tax cuts, and modernizing our severance and sales taxes, we can have the revenue to make the needed investments to improve infant mortality, grow our graduation rates, and make the needed investments in infrastructure that are essential for a strong economy.