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Leland: Democratic priorities shape budget as bill clears Ohio House

Bill includes tax cut for working people and families
May 9, 2019
David Leland News

State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) today voted in favor of the state budget, House Bill 166, which includes a number of key Democratic priorities, including a significant tax cut for working people and families.

“This budget is the embodiment of the bipartisan coalition we forged in the House earlier this year,” said Leland. “Our coalition stands as a model of what government should and can be— a cooperative collection of diverse views that finds common ground and holds itself accountable to the people we represent.”

The budget includes historic tax cuts for working people and families, reducing the middle two income tax brackets and eliminating the bottom two altogether.

Long-held Democratic priorities of closing tax loopholes, like lowering the LLC loophole threshold from $250,000 to $100,000 and eliminating the corporate jet timeshare exemption, also made it into the budget. In addition, lawmakers included a provision to level the playing field for Ohio small businesses by administering online-sales tax collection for large corporations.

Democrats fought to remove a controversial, GOP-backed provision to limit healthcare access for low-income Ohioans that would have charged monthly premiums for Medicaid coverage, a practice that would have jeopardized care for thousands of Ohioans.

Additional key Democratic amendments added to the budget include making college more affordable for low-income students by increasing funding for the Ohio College Opportunity Grant.

The bill also includes provisions outlined in recently-passed HB 154, which would end controversial state takeovers and restore control to local school districts.

A $32 million increase in home visitation funding to combat infant mortality and a minimum wage increase for direct service employees were also included.

The bipartisan bill passed the House and now heads to the state Senate for further consideration.