COLUMBUS – State Representative Laura Lanese (R-Grove City) voted in support of the two-year state budget (HB166), a plan that cuts taxes, invests in our schools and supports at-risk youth. It received strong bipartisan support, passing 85-9.
“I am proud to have worked with Speaker Householder and my colleagues in the House to build on Governor DeWine’s budget. In addition to the strong investments made in education and the environment, House Bill 166 invests in every person in Ohio through income tax cuts for all Ohioans. I am especially grateful that the House provided millions of dollars to vital programs to help victims of domestic violence and rape through shelters and crisis centers.”
Key provisions of the bill include:
- Meaningful personal income tax relief for all Ohioans. The House plan completely eliminates the personal income tax for those who earn less than $22,250 and reduces personal income tax rates by 6.6 percent for everyone else. Overall, the House budget provides an annual net tax cut of $108 million.
- Record funding for Ohio’s schools. The legislation builds on Gov. Mike DeWine’s blueprint and adds $125 million more over the next two years, with more being provided to areas with higher poverty.
- Major investments in foster care, which has been a priority of many lawmakers. The House package doubles funding for foster care above what had been proposed by the governor. In addition to supporting local Jobs and Family Services operations, funding in House Bill 166 would be used to help at-risk youth and support recruiting additional foster care parents.
- Medicaid reform, including increasing pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) transparency and accountability within the Medicaid program.
- The creation of a $1 million line item for domestic violence programs. This money will be used to fund shelters and facilities that assist victims of domestic violence.
- Sets the budget for Rape Crisis Centers to $4.5 million dollars per year, which represents a $3 million dollar increase. This money will ensure that every woman in Ohio has access to a rape crisis center and the services they provide. Currently, 13 counties in Ohio do not have access to a rape crisis center.
The budget bill now moves to the Ohio Senate for further consideration. A new two-year state budget must be signed into law by June 30, 2019.