Category: State Budget

December 13, 2021

Advocates for Ohio’s Future: A Look Back at 2021

By: Kelsey Bergfeld, Director, Advocates for Ohio’s Future Sarah Hudacek, Policy Assistant, Community Solutions & Advocates for Ohio’s Future Advocates for Ohio’s Future (AOF) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition of over 500 state and local health and human services policy, advocacy and provider organizations that strive to strengthen families and communities through public funding for health,...

October 18, 2021

Tracking of American Rescue Plan Spending Underway

In September, The Center for Community Solutions announced a new effort to closely track American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding coming to both the state and local governments through the newly-created Greater Cleveland American Rescue Plan Council. Tracking and research into the funding allocated to entities in Ohio is underway, with the goal of increasing the...

October 4, 2021

State Budgeting Matters: Introduction and connection to budget resources

If you are a frequent reader of The Center for Community Solutions’ state budget resources, you are likely familiar with our series of budget-related content, State Budgeting Matters (SBM). SBM has taken on different forms over the years and is produced at varying frequencies throughout each two-year state budget cycle. In an attempt to ensure...

July 19, 2021

A Reflection on My First State Budget

My first day as a policy assistant at The Center for Community Solutions was in mid-March. By that time, Governor Mike DeWine had already released the Executive Budget and budget hearings in the Ohio House of Representatives were well underway. Although I knew going into this new position that I was joining during a very...

July 12, 2021

State Budget Reflection

At the beginning of 2021, when The Center for Community Solutions shared its state budget priorities, I don’t think we expected such a wild ride to reach the conclusion of the budget process. The versions of the budget presented by Governor Mike DeWine and those passed by the House and Senate certainly advanced some issues...

June 14, 2021

Ohio General Assembly Must Protect Procurement, Not Contractor Profits

For years, The Center for Community Solutions has written about Ohio’s managed care program, with pieces outlining federal standards, current performance and value-based contracting. And, when Ohio Medicaid announced they were rebidding the contracts, we paid close attention, monitoring the feedback process, providing written comment and reviewing, in detail, the hundreds of pages worth of...

June 14, 2021

Ohio Senate-passed budget derails managed competition in Medicaid, ties red tape around low-income working families

The budget passed by the Ohio Senate last week includes provisions that would have a major impact on several key programs that support low-income working families and children. As the budget moves into conference committee, where a few members from each chamber hash out the differences between the House and Senate versions of the budget,...

April 19, 2021

Public transit funding, cut in initial DeWine proposal, restored by General Assembly

The State of Ohio’s transportation budget for fiscal years 2022 and 2023 is now complete. Transportation is a vital part of the social determinants of health, as it plays a critical role in access to jobs, health care, and allows for independent living and mobility. As the state ages, transportation will become an increasingly important...

March 22, 2021

Governor’s proposed budget includes restoring Ohio Department of Aging funding, but few new programs 

By: Natasha Takyi-Micah, Public Policy and External Affairs Associate William Tarter, Public Policy and External Affairs Associate Testimony recap State budget season is underway and the Ohio Department of Aging (ODA) is one of the many agencies that testified before the Ohio House Finance Committee and the Finance Subcommittee on Health and Human Services within the last few weeks. One of the line-items the Department of Aging is seeking is an increase...

March 15, 2021

Maternal and infant health remains top priority in state budget

By: Hope Lane, Public Policy & External Affairs Associate Natasha Takyi-Micah, Public Policy & External Affairs Associate For the past several years, Community Solutions has been committed to examining and improving maternal and infant health for families in our state. By analyzing disaggregated maternal mortality data, infant mortality reports and other critical statistics such as birth records,...