COLUMBUS—State Senator Michael Rulli
(R-Salem) last week joined his Senate colleagues in passing Substitute House Bill 166
, Ohio's bipartisan two-year operating budget.
"It was an honor and a privilege to advocate and vote on behalf of our district for a budget that goes to great lengths to help the people of Ohio," said Senator Rulli. "After months of meetings, testimony and compromises, I am especially proud that my Senate colleagues and I were able to secure a number of provisions that will have a direct impact on communities in the Mahoning Valley."
In total, over $4.5 million dollars was allocated for projects directly impacting the Mahoning Valley. Rulli worked closely with Senate leadership to add or increase funding for a number of provisions to the Executive and House versions of the budget to include:
- $1.5 million in FY 2020 to support the removal of low head dams in the Mahoning River.
- $500,000 in FY 2020 to prepare a feasibility study and implementation plan for the Mahoning River Trail Initiative.
- $500,000 in each fiscal year to be allocated to the Mahoning Valley Innovation and Commercialization Center.
- $50,000 in each fiscal year for the Center for Urban and Regional Studies at Youngstown State University.
- $300,000 in each of FY 2020 and FY 2021 to the Eastern Ohio Military Affairs Commission to support the Camp James A. Garfield Joint Military Training Center and the Youngstown Air Reserve Station.
Other budget highlights include:
- Protecting the Health of Ohio’s Natural Resources: Continues to protect the health and viability of Ohio’s lakes and rivers by fully funding the H2Ohio program over the next two years in a comprehensive effort to deal with the challenges faced by Lake Erie and Ohio’s other vital waterways.
- Investing in Ohioans’ Health and Wellbeing: Makes targeted investments in kinship, multi-system youth, and crisis care, providing funding for families caring for children whose parents are struggling with addiction.
- Investing in Education and Career Readiness: Provides increased funding for Ohio’s nationally-recognized libraries and programs that invest in early childhood programs.
- Supporting Our Veterans: Increases funding for various veterans’ organizations, including innovative programs focused on groundbreaking research for brain trauma and other mental health concerns.
- Providing for Vital Community Services: Funding directed to Ohio’s food banks and other vital community service providers, like Boys and Girls Clubs, United Way family stability programs, Ohio Children’s Trust Fund, and the Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition.
The Senate diligently delivered tax reforms totaling $680 million, providing significant tax relief and support to Ohioans and small businesses with the purpose of keeping the state’s economy healthy and growing.
Key elements of the tax reform plan include:
- Eliminating the bottom two-tax brackets to help Ohio’s lower income families.
- Implementing a 4% across the board income tax cut for the remaining five brackets. The Senate’s last two budgets have reduced the overall number of brackets from 9 to 5.
- Protecting the backbone of Ohio’s economy by keeping the existing small business tax deduction framework of exempting the first $250,000 of revenue.
For more information on the details of the legislation, please contact Senator Rulli's Office at (614) 466-8285 or send an email to Rulli@OhioSenate.gov