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Governor releases state budget

Friday, Mar. 18, 2011

As Governor Kasich introduced his proposal for the two-year state budget Mar. 15, there was great anticipation about how he would address the large deficit.

It is a challenging time for the state with an $8 billion budget shortfall and a still uncertain economic outlook. The Administration, Legislature, and advocates from areas impacted by the budget will now begin discussions and negotiations to come up with a budget for approval by Jun. 30.

An initial review of the Governor's proposed budget, entitled "The Jobs Budget," reveals significant reduction of local government funding to reduce spending. This has the potential for reducing community services while increasing both local taxes and job layoffs.

The budget also proposes to privatize five prisons and keeps in place the last of five cuts to achieve a 21 percent total reduction in the state income tax authorized by HB 66 in 2005.

Analysis of the Governor's budget proposal has just begun, and attention must be paid to the details so that Ohio's most vulnerable citizens are protected. (The League of Women Voters of Ohio has endorsed Advocates for Ohio's Future, a statewide coalition of health, human service, and early care & education organizations, as part of its focus on services for Ohio's most vulnerable.)

Visit  the Office of Budget and Management to view the executive budget and supporting information.

An objective assessment of the implications of the proposed budget is needed. Join the League of Women Voters of Ohio at Statehouse Day Apr. 7 to learn more!

Event: Statehouse Day