COLUMBUS – The Ohio House of Representative today passed House Bill 110, the House’s version of Ohio’s two-year budget plan. State Representative Gary Click (R-Vickery) voted in support of the bill. Among various aspects, the bill establishes the Fair School Funding Plan and provides a two percent income tax cut to Ohioans.
“The House did its part this week to ensure a brighter future for all Ohioans through passing a well-balanced budget that meets the comprehensive needs of all Ohioans,” said Click.
House Bill 110 creates the Fair School Funding plan, a fair plan to all of Ohio’s public schools. The Fair School Funding Plan is the result of more than three years of work by educators and policymakers with a formula that is predictable, sustainable and transparent.
The legislation also includes a two percent income tax rate cut across the board, which will reduce taxes and withholding amounts by approximately $380 million over the course of the biennium. Coupled with recently passed legislation conforming Ohio’s tax code to federal law, the House has provided nearly $500 million in personal income tax cuts this biennium. The bill also removed the governor’s proposed language infringing upon Second Amendment rights.
Additionally, the bill support jobs and Ohio’s economy through targeted investments to support job retention and creation, workforce training and economic development efforts. It allocates $200 million for the House’s broadband expansion package, House Bill 2, which Click supported earlier this year. It also allocates $170 million for the H2Ohio Initiative.
The pro-business legislation vacates violations of orders, expunged records and refunds fines against local businesses found in violation of certain rules governing COVID-19. It also requires the Liquor Control Commission to reinstate a liquor permit holder's permit if the permit holder's permit has been revoked as a result of a violation of certain rules governing COVID-19 and the permit holder pays a fine of $2,500.
The bill supports law enforcement, firefighters and public safety by funding a series of initiatives to support those who protect and serve Ohioans every day. Some of these initiatives include the following:
- $26 million for Recovery Ohio Law Enforcement to support anti-narcotics efforts
- $24 million for safety grants for schools
- $15 million for a one-year police training pilot program to assist law enforcement agencies with training costs
- $10 million for grants to small fire departments for equipment and training
- $10 million for grants to state and local law enforcement agencies to implement or enhance body-worn camera programs
House Bill 110 also appropriates $155 million in grants for industries negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including newly formed businesses. Grants from this funding will be available in the fiscal year beginning July 1. The grants include the following:
- $100 million for bars and restaurants
- $25 million for the lodging industry
- $20 million for indoor and outdoor entertainment venues
- $10 million for new businesses
A priority of Click’s the legislation restores compensation for lost funds to The Rutherford B. Hayes Library and Museum with a 12 percent increase in funding.
The above are highlights of the very complex bill. More information on House Bill 110 can be found at https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA134-HB-110. The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.