This week in budget action


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It appears that our earlier intel on the schedule for moving the budget bill out of the House was exactly on target. Today, Gongwer confirmed that House Finance Chairman Amstutz has set a Friday deadline for Amendments to the bill, with two weeks of “drafting” to follow, a substitute bill introduced April 28, and passage by the full House the first week of May.

This week is all about hearing public testimony in the full House Finance Committee. Tomorrow features testimony on DRC, DYS, Commerce and miscellaneous issues. Wednesday focuses on education, Thursday on health and human services, and Friday is up for grabs.

We have heard that the Democrats on the Committee have requested that various members of the administration — including JobsOhio chief Mark Kvamme and Budget Director Tim Keen — be brought back for questions now that the budget language is available. So far, we are only hearing that the Chairman has tentatively agreed to invite Keen back, something that could occur on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Given the motocross incident, it’s unlikely Kvamme will be back, but unanswered questions about liquor privatization to fund JobsOhio remain. We haven’t heard about the administration sending a substitute or whether anyone from Commerce will appear at tomorrow’s hearing, but that might be the best opportunity for opponents to express concerns.

 

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