2024-25 operating budget

An Arkansas social media parental consent law was halted. How is Ohio impacted?

BY: - September 8, 2023

A federal court ruling in Arkansas has cast doubt on one of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s policy priorities. The governor urged lawmakers to require most minors get parental consent before using social media. They agreed to include the proposal in the budget. But this week a judge in Arkansas halted a similar law from taking […]

Ohio Gov. DeWine touts accomplishments in state budget, explains vetoes

BY: - July 6, 2023

Earlier this week Gov. Mike DeWine signed an operating budget covering the next two years. The budget is projected at $86 billion for fiscal year 2024 and $105 billion for fiscal year 2025. At a press conference Wednesday, the governor touted the administration’s wins, explained some of his vetoes, and hinted at next steps after […]

Surveys, studies show child well-being needs work in Ohio

BY: - June 16, 2023

Studies show child care, kindergarten readiness and overall childhood well-being is suffering in Ohio. A national study of states compared household data to determine how each state held up when it came to child development. Ohio ranked 29th in overall child well-being, and 38th in high poverty areas, with 276,000 child living in those areas […]

“Send this back and do better.’ Advocates criticize Ohio Senate’s version of state budget

BY: - June 13, 2023

Angry. Frustrated. Disappointed. Disturbed.  Those were the words various advocates used to describe the Ohio Senate’s version of the budget, which was released last week.  “When I first saw a draft of this, it was so bad I thought it was a mistake,” Michael Corey, executive director of the Human Service Chamber of Franklin County […]

Ohio Senate introduces $85.7 billion operating budget

BY: - June 6, 2023

Ohio Senate leaders introduced their version of the new two-year operating budget Tuesday. They expect to vote on the $85.7 billion spending plan next week. Lawmakers have until a constitutionally mandated June 30 deadline to settle any differences and approve the budget. The Senate proposal reduces existing state income tax brackets from four to two. […]

Ohio House’s version of the budget nixes DeWine’s proposed merit-based scholarships

BY: - May 5, 2023

The House’s version of Ohio’s operating budget gets rid of Gov. Mike DeWine’s proposed state-wide merit scholarships and cuts back on the funding DeWine originally proposed to a grant program that helps students who have the highest level of financial need.  The Ohio House recently approved their version of the budget after DeWine introduced his proposed budget […]

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What changes do Ohio budget drafters have in mind for sports betting?

BY: - May 2, 2023

Sports betting went live in Ohio just five months ago. But lawmakers are already wrangling over small tweaks and big changes for the industry in the state budget. Ohio established its sports gaming system in late 2021, but it didn’t go live until Jan. 1 this year. One of the chief questions lawmakers had to […]

Gov. Mike DeWine highlights education components of his proposed budget

BY: - March 22, 2023

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine talked about the various education pieces of his proposed budget to Ohio school board members Tuesday morning at the Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square.  DeWine talked about school funding, literacy, career tech schools, and higher education at the State Legislative Conference, which included the Ohio School Boards Association, Ohio Association […]

Ohio budget primer: Here’s Gov. DeWine’s spending plan for the next two years

BY: - February 13, 2023

Last week, Ohioans got their first look at the governor’s budget proposal. Lawmakers got their first chance to ask questions about his plans. Gov. Mike DeWine outlined the broad strokes of his spending plan in his state of the state address, late last month. He put heavy emphasis on supporting families through tax incentives, education […]