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This was a budget year, and there was a looming deficit lawmakers had to deal with. That took up a lot of lawmakers' time, but they passed other laws affecting baseball, sales tax breaks and workers' compensation.





At the beginning of 2017, as President Trump took office, Ohio lawmakers were focused on what to put in the new two-year state budget. Gov. John Kasich wanted another personal income tax cut offset with tax increases. But as lawmakers looked over his budget, state revenues kept coming in well under estimates. That forced Republican state leaders to cut $800 million from the spending plan. Kasich said in April that nothing was off limits when considering cuts. “Everything has to be under the microscope. You can’t, you just can’t say willy-nilly you’re just going exempt all this. But we’ll be sensitive about areas we have to be sensitive about, but decisions have to be made.”

But by the deadline at the end of June, lawmakers approved a $133 billion dollar budget that lowered taxes farmers pay, lifted a freeze on tuition at state colleges and allowed video poker games at racinos….a move that’s expected to mean $25 million dollars in state coffers during that period. It also spent $123 billion in state and federal funds to fight the opioid crisis. What it didn’t contain was the 17% proposed income tax cuts and tax hikes on oil and gas drillers, on tobacco products, wine and beer. Lawmakers like Republican Senate President Larry Obhof praised the budget for being fiscally responsible.

“This budget is not pain free. Many government agencies, including the Senate, will see substantial cuts.”

The budget lawmakers passed, however, included cuts and restrictions to the Medicaid program. Kasich rejected those, as part of a record 47 budget vetoes.  That led to a showdown between Kasich and the Republican dominated legislature. House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger indicated those vetoes were not going to be allowed to stand.

“There’s some issues members are extremely passionate about.”

Indeed, legislators in the House and Senate came back in late summer to override six of those vetoes, most dealing with Medicaid, but they didn’t override the biggest one that would have frozen Medicaid expansion enrollment. They could still override those vetoes any time before the end of 2018.

Lawmakers also passed a $581 million workers' compensation budget that shortened times for processing disability cases but added health, wellness and safety education. But it didn’t contain the most controversial proposed change that would have blocked benefits for undocumented workers.

Ohioans got a break in August when they sent their kids back to school after a law was passed that allowed a sales tax holiday on clothing and selected school items. The last time the state allowed one was back in 2015. Alex Burnka of the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants says Ohioans saved $3.3 million back then. The non-partisan Legislative Services Commission said the holiday would cost $14.7 million over that weekend but Burnka says he thinks there is something else to consider.

“You know they are getting that savings on the textbook but they are also buying some food, some groceries or other items that are not exempt.”


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