COLUMBUS—State Representative Brian Baldridge (R-Winchester) today announced that the final version of the state budget approved by the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate will have a positive impact on local communities for decades to come. Additional funding for Southern Ohio education, workforce improvements, and economic development will directly impact communities and institutions within Adams and Scioto Counties, as well as portions of Lawrence County.
“The Ohio House and our leadership team has made development in Southern Ohio a key priority in the state budget,” said Rep. Baldridge. “This budget plan commits millions of new state dollars dedicated to developing our economies, revitalizing our river communities, and giving our students and schools the much needed resources that they need to thrive for decades to come.”
- Shawnee State University Supplement: $3,000,000 to assist first generation college students attain a degree.
- Rural Industrial Park Loan Fund: Reinstates this fund to support the Rural Industrial Park Loan Program, which supports loans and loan guarantees for the development and improvement of industrial parks in rural Ohio. The budget provides $25 million for the initiative.
- Rural Pharmacies Pilot Project: Creates a pilot program to ensure rural, high Medicaid volume pharmacies are receiving their full reimbursement for the cost of filling Medicaid prescriptions.
- Rural University Program: Reinstates the Rural University program, which would be a collaboration of Bowling Green, Kent State, Miami University and Ohio University that provides rural communities with economic development, public administration and public health services.
- Ohio Maritime Assistance Program: Creates the Ohio Maritime Assistance Program and provides $23 million for the initiative over the biennium. The grant funding is to help construct or improve terminals on the shores of Lake Erie, a Lake Erie tributary or the Ohio River.
- Kinship Care: Provides funding for the Kinship Care Navigator Program, which will help kinship caregivers locate support services that are available to them. The House previously approved standalone legislation on this issue, House Bill 14.
The two-year state budget has just received a signature from Ohio Governor Mike DeWine.