Lipps Supports State Operating Budget
COLUMBUS – State Representative Scott Lipps (R- Franklin) voted to support the Ohio House state operating budget and the bill passed during session Wednesday. The legislation provides billions in funding over the next two fiscal years to grow the economy and workforce, protect Ohio families and most vulnerable, and invest in educating our communities.
“This budget is expansive and provides for every Ohioan,” Lipps said. “With a large focus on development, infrastructure, education and healthcare, all Ohioans will be impacted by a budget that also provides a state income tax cut. I happily supported the passing of this budget package.”
Lipps submitted several amendments that were added into the budget package, including:
- Turns a pilot program for school dropout prevention in e-schools into a permanent program and expands the program to any e-school in Ohio.
- Modernizes the outdated and rarely seen property tax foreclosure action notices, which are only printed in standard newspapers, by allowing them to be published online as well.
- Requires sports gaming proprietors to offer Ohio-based horse racing alongside any other sports wagering offerings if the proprietor offers wagering on any out-of-state horse racing event within that calendar year.
- Eliminates student retention under the Third Grade Reading Guarantee beginning and requires schools that retained students for the 2023-2024 school year based solely on that student's score on the third grade reading assessment for the 2022-2023 school year to promote those students to the fourth grade.
- Creates an exception from home health licensure of individuals providing self-directed services to Medicaid participants.
Some of the highlights of the state budget includes:
- Investing $500 million in the All Ohio Future Fund to benefit all of Ohio with economic development sites.
- Providing tax relief for everyday Ohioans by flattening and reducing the state income tax from the bottom up to 2.75% for those making up to $92,000 a year.
- $500 million in bonus depreciation tax deduction that allows businesses across the state to deduct a large percentage of the purchase price of eligible assets upfront versus over a six year period and continue to grow their companies.
- Allowing all eligible volunteer firefighters, EMTs, first responders, and paramedics to receive a $1000 non-refundable tax credit.
- Providing tax credits for affordable workforce housing in Ohio.
- Indexing homestead exemption for inflation, ensuring that seniors and veterans are protected from increases in property taxes.
- Connecting workers and employers throughout Ohio by creating the Connect4Ohio Fund, which is a $1 billion investment to make it easier for all Ohio workers to commute to economic centers.
- Invests $500 million to site redevelopment programs like brownfield remediation and building demolition that will revitalize unused or underutilized land, creating new opportunities for businesses and job growth.
- Providing $200 million in the H2Ohio program that will protect water resources and reduce phosphorous discharge into lakes and rivers, ensuring a healthy environment.
- Investing $100 million in new training facilities and workforce development capacity at Ohio's colleges, universities, and training providers that will prepare workers for the jobs of the future and ensure that businesses have access to a highly skilled workforce.
- Investing $200 million in high school career-tech facilities, which will provide new opportunities for Ohio's students to gain valuable skills and prepare for successful careers in a variety of fields.
- $160 million investment in water and sewer projects will improve infrastructure and support economic growth, while also ensuring access to clean and safe drinking water for Ohioans.
- Investing $150 million towards the development of vibrant downtown areas to improve quality of life for Ohioans and attracting new businesses and visitors to the state.
- $50 million expansion of broadband throughout the state will support remote work and online learning, while also attracting new businesses and industries to Ohio.
- $50 million in funding for construction and upgrades for township facilities that will improve public services and support local communities, driving economic growth in rural areas.
- Providing $25 million in support to Ohio's county and independent fairs to provide them with a boost to their economic impact through facility upgrades, construction, and create new job opportunities related to tourism.
- Utilizing $25 million to upgrade cultural centers, such as museums and historical sites.
- Creating a new dental school at NEOMED is a much-needed investment in the future of oral health in Ohio. This funding will allow for more dentists' training and expanding dental services, particularly in underserved areas.
- Funding a new certified mental health assistant training program at NEOMED.
- Increasing state support for behavioral health drugs that will increase access to necessary treatment options for county facilities, ensuring those in need receive the care they deserve.
- Increasing state support for Continuum of Care Services that will provide critical funding for local ADAMHS boards, crisis stabilization centers, mental and behavioral health programs, and local programs working in addiction recovery and children's services.
- Creating a statewide 9-8-8 number for a suicide and crisis lifeline and mental health treatment response is a vital step forward in addressing the mental health crisis in Ohio. This will provide a critical resource for those in need and ensure they receive the care and support they need to heal.
- Invests in publicly funded child care for families earning 160% of the federal poverty level or less will provide critical support to working families in Ohio. This increase from the current limit of 142% means that more families can access affordable and high-quality child care services.
- Over $61 million in additional funding for early childhood education each year that will ensure that more children have access to preschool programs that put them on the path to success in school and beyond.
- $250 million each year to provide vital support for multi-system youth, public children's service agencies, and kinship care programs.
- Establishing the Department of Children and Youth is a significant step in prioritizing early childhood education and health issues in Ohio.
- Funding to support increased wages for many critical workers in the Medicaid-funded healthcare space.
- Investing more than $50 million in upgrades at healthcare facilities around Ohio to increase access to health care in underserved areas, ensuring that all Ohioans have access to the care they need.
- Increasing state support for nursing facilities to provide higher quality care for more Ohioans, ensuring that elderly and disabled citizens receive the care they deserve.
The budget bill now moves to the Senate for further consideration. For more information, contact the office of Rep. Lipps at (614) 644-6023 or Rep55@OhioHouse.gov.