Budget Week Ahead: June 6-10


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Another fun week is in store for budget watchers!

Tomorrow (Tuesday) at 2:30, the Senate Finance Committee is expected to adopt the amended budget and send it to the full Senate for a vote; that session will be long, likely involving tens if not hundreds of additional changes in the form of an “omnibus” amendment, then expect committee Democrats to offer a bunch of amendments that are voted down; but, before they leave, we should have a new working document

Also tomorrow, at 10 a.m., progressive think tank Innovation Ohio is holding a press conference to discuss the size of the budget deficit. We expect they will look at the question of whether the $8 billion hole ever existed, and if it did, whether it’s still accurate.

And at 11:30 a.m., co-authors and cheerleaders of the Governor’s introduced budget, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce and their 501(c)4 front group, Ohio’s Campaign for Jobs, will hold a press conference in the Statehouse, likely decrying the removal of unchecked privatization authority and merit pay provisions in the Governor’s budget and urging the legislature to hold firm against additional restoration of funds, despite projections that another $2-3 bilion may be available.

Wednesday and Thursday, committee hearings are tentatively on the Senate calendar for 9 a.m., as a contingency in the event that they are unable to finalize budget negotiations on Tuesday afternoon.

On Wednesday at 1:30, assuming the committee passes the bill tomorrow night, the full Senate is scheduled to meet and will likely debate and pass the bill. We think it’s unlikely that President Niehaus will grant his members a 24-hour “reading day” as was done in the House, but if necessary, an “if needed” session is scheduled on Thursday morning at 11 a.m.

Once the bill passes the Senate, the House will vote to concur (or not) with Senate Amendments. If they refuse to concur, the bill heads to a conference committee. We’ll be back with a primer on how Conference works, but suffice it to say, if you’re not a fan of openness and transparency, you’ll LOVE Conference Committee!

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