State Budget: The Week Ahead


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Just a quick post to remind everyone that two of the three appropriations bills for State Government have been introduced and having hearings in the House of Representatives this week.

House Bill 114 (HB114), aka the Transportation budget, makes appropriations for the Departments of Transportation and Public Safety. It had hearings in House Finance last week before it was sent to the transportations subcommittee. We’ve already written our thoughts on the transportation and public safety initiatives from the Kasich administration that are contained in the bill.

HB114 had a hearing today and heard from the Public Works Commission, Rail Development Commission and Department of Development, each of which typically have appropriations in the bill. Tuesday at 9 a.m. (and again at 6 p.m., if necessary), the subcommittee will hear any additional testimony from ODOT, DPS and members of the public. In an earlier hearing, the committee asked ODOT to come back with more information on the potential for Ohio’s transit systems to lose $171 million in federal funding as a result of eliminating collective bargaining for transit workers.

On Wednesday, the bill returns to the full Finance committee, where, when testimony concludes, amendments will be offered before the bill is sent back to the full House next week. The Senate will then have three weeks to consider the bill and pass it before the statutory deadline of March 31.

Last week also saw the introduction of the Bureau of Workers Compensation budget, House Bill 123 (HB123).  Hearings begin in the House Insurance Committee tomorrow at 3 p.m.

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