COLUMBUS – The Ohio House of Representative today passed House Bill 110, the House’s version of Ohio’s two-year budget plan. State Representative Mark Johnson (R-Chillicothe) voted in support of the bill. Among various aspects, the bill increases funding for public libraries across the state and creates the Fair School Funding Plan.
“I was proud to vote in support of House Bill 110 today,” said Johnson. “A well-balanced budget is imperative for us to do our jobs as state representatives. This budget in particular is a win for the 92nd House District and Ohio as a whole.”
A priority of Johnson’s, the bill maintains the executive version of the budget at 1.66 percent of the General Revenue Fund for public libraries. Additionally, it 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 include the following initiatives aimed to benefit all Ohioans:
- Includes a 2 percent income tax cut across the board. The tax cut will reduce taxes and withholding amounts by approximately $380 over the biennium.
- Supports jobs and Ohio’s economy through targeted investments to support job retention and creation, workforce training and economic development efforts.
- Supports law enforcement, firefighters and public safety by funding a series of initiatives to support those who protect and serve Ohioans every day.
- Improves government oversight and accountability to ensure state resources are being spent responsibly and used in a manner consistent with the intent of the General Assembly.
- Appropriates $155 million for COVID-19 relief grants to support industries negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Appropriates $200 thousand each fiscal year for iBelieve, a foundation that works to provide opportunities for Appalachian youth to develop twenty-first century skills, including leadership, communication and problem-solving for college access and retention.
- Appropriates $125 thousand each fiscal year for Shawnee State University Autism Spectrum Disorder Student Support Program.
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.