Rep. Lou Terhar (R-Green Township) today was joined by Ohio Auditor of State Dave Yost at a press conference to discuss the Financial Responsibility in Government Act, legislation that will require political subdivisions of the state of Ohio to balance their budgets, maintain actuarially funded municipal pension plans, and comply with the state’s constitutional obligation.
State Representative Mike Dovilla (R-Berea), chairman of the Ohio House Committee on Policy and Legislative Oversight, this week convened a field hearing on ensuring affordable, reliable electricity for all Ohioans. Following the hearing, Chairman Dovilla released the key findings of the committee.
State Representative Gary Scherer (R-Circleville) announced the schedule of the House Tax Reform Legislative Study Committee.
Chairman of the House Higher Education Study Committee Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) has announced the committee’s hearing schedule and agenda for the remainder of the summer.
Speaker of the Ohio House William G. Batchelder (R-Medina) announced the creation of three bipartisan summer legislative study committees to conduct a series of hearings around the state focused on specific topics.
Chairman of the House Finance and Appropriations Committee Ron Amstutz (R-Wooster) released a statement regarding the timeline on moving forward with Medicaid reforms.
State Representative Lynn Wachtmann (R-Napoleon), Chairman of the Ohio Retirement Study Council (ORSC), has called on the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio (STRS) to follow state law and suspend its recent directive instructing all public institutions of higher education in Ohio to withhold an additional 1 percent from certain retirement plan participants.
The Ohio budget that was signed into law at the end of last month was not perfect, and neither is the budget process. But after all the ideas, testimony and alternatives were weighed, I think it is a budget that will continue to move Ohio in the right direction.
Entering the budget process at the beginning of the year, it was important to me that the final version be something that would further foster the economic growth and momentum that Ohio has initiated over the previous three years. During that time, our state has experienced the creation of 170,000 private sector jobs and the state’s unemployment rate has dropped steadily from nearly 11.0 percent to 7.0 percent, well below the national average.