COLUMBUS– The Ohio House of Representatives passed the State Operating Budget, House Bill 33, for fiscal years 2024-25, announced State Rep. Mike Loychik (R-Bazetta). Legislation highlights include provisions for local funding, support for workforce development, and several other initiatives.
Loychik championed a provision that requires coaches to complete a mental health training course before instructing an athletic activity.
Local funding was secured for the following projects:
- $1 million in fiscal year 2024 for Ashtabula County to support a sewer project located in Kingsville Township at the interchange of State Route 193 and Interstate Route 90
- $3 million in fiscal year 2024 for runway improvements and extensions at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport
- $300,000 in each fiscal year for the Camp James A. Garfield Joint Military Training Center and the Youngstown Air Reserve Station
- $500,000 over the biennium for the Northeast Ohio Medical University Dental (NEOMED) School to continue training and education to professionals on the identification and treatment of alcohol and other substance use disorders
“In every corner of Ohio, we are investing in our infrastructure, our workforce, and most importantly, our people,” said Loychik. “This budget will help Ohioans and their families thrive for years to come.”
House Bill 33 includes a series of provisions in support of workforce development.
- $200 million for career tech programs across the state
- $1 billion for the Connect4Ohio Fund to increase accessibility to economic centers for all Ohio workers
- $750 million for the All Ohio Future Fund, which prepares locations throughout the state to be ready for large-scale development projects
The bill includes an income tax cut that simplifies and flattens the state income tax into two brackets.
- Income tax rate of 2.75% for those making $26,000 to $100,000
- Income tax rate of 3.5% for those making above $100,000
The budget has been signed by Governor DeWine.