Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Budget Reform Package Sent to Governor for Signature

Release: <blockquote>(Columbus) – Continuing efforts to strengthen the state’s economy, the Ohio Senate today approved conference committee changes to House Bill 487, a budget reform bill designed to further streamline state policy, programs and agency operations.

“The comprehensive review of the enacted state budget has identified hundreds of changes to improve state services and streamline programs to better serve Ohioans,” said Ohio Senate President Tom Niehaus (R- New Richmond).

Major provisions in the legislation include consolidation of state offices and programs to improve operational efficiencies and reduce costs, changes to health services that will result in better care and improved performance, and the elimination of obsolete and redundant rules and regulations that serve as a barrier to job growth.

In addition to the $42 million in “green projects” for the Clean Ohio program, $15 million has been added for the Clean Ohio brownfield remediation.  An appropriation of $13 million was added for Governor Kasich’s Third grade reading guarantee and $3 million for Healthy Lake Erie.</blockquote>