The bill text of Governor DeWine’s Executive budget is now available, as State budget talks are ongoing. On March 25, the Ohio House of Representatives introduced House Bill 166 (HB166), which creates a State operating budget for FY 2020-2021. The proposed budget appropriates total spending of $69.56 billion in FY 2020, an increase of 4.1% from the current budget, and $71.29 billion in FY 2021, or a 2.5% increase.
GCP’s Government Advocacy team has spent the last several weeks doing a deeper dive on the key provisions in the Governor’s budget that relate to our Public Policy Agenda.
HB 166 contains several provisions that align with GCP’s priorities, including:
- Additional funding for scholarships that target under-represented student populations in STEMM disciplines and education
- A new financial assistance program to support students in short-term programs for which industry-recognized credentials—or micro-degrees—are earned
- Support for InnovateOhio, which leads state technology projects and uses data to improve state agency operations and efficiencies
House committee hearings with state agencies began last week as legislators work to pass a budget that must be signed into law by June 30th. GCP is continuing to engage with state legislators and the Administration to advocate for provisions that positively impact our members and align with our public policy priorities.
Click here to read the bill analysis of HB 166.