Category: State Budget

July 27, 2020

Ohio’s budget director lays out state agency guidance ahead of budget development

On July 20, the Ohio Office of Budget and Management (OBM) released guidance for state agencies, boards and commissions to develop their budgets for fiscal years (FY) 2022 and 2023. Developing the state budget isn’t just about funding, it also outlines policy priorities, something that is going to be particularly crucial to watch this cycle...

May 7, 2020

$750M in budget cuts DO NOT mean consumer Medicaid benefit/coverage cuts

When the Ohio Office of Budget and Management (OBM) announced on Tuesday, May 6 that April tax revenues were $866.5 million short in this year’s budget it didn’t really surprise me. When one considers Ohio’s record unemployment claims, it was expected that income and sales tax proceeds would take a big hit. OBM Director Kim...

May 5, 2020

The ever-expanding role of the American educator

By: Aaron Muttillo, Ph.D. Director, Day Treatment Centers Positive Education Program An educator’s role will always be multifaceted because of the complex, dynamic nature of a growing child. Most educators now embrace a whole-student approach to teaching, one that places great value on activities that address a child’s social and emotional development. As educators consider all...

March 27, 2020

Ohio General Assembly unanimously passes emergency legislation (House Bill 197)

The Ohio Senate and House swiftly gathered and passed emergency coronavirus legislation (HB197) earlier this week. The bill addressed a wide-ranging set of issues that needed attention in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Every element of the bill is effective immediately upon the governor’s signing, unlike most pieces of legislation that go into effect 90...

March 2, 2020

17 Counties Have Health and Social Services Levies on the Primary Ballot 

In the 2020 primary election, voters in 17 counties will have the opportunity to support health and social services by voting on multiple property tax levies. Most of the levies on the ballot this spring are renewals, but several communities are seeking increases or additional levies. Two communities where additional levies to support developmental disabilities...

October 14, 2019

Ohio families and advocates praise Governor’s MSY funding announcement

As an advocate for children, youth and families for more than 52 years, I am grateful that Ohio’s Governor, House and Senate listened to parents and young people and have taken action to end the awful practice of forced custody relinquishment of multi-system youth. The term ‘multi-system youth’ refers to children and teenagers with complex...

September 16, 2019

Ohio’s new budget includes funding for harm reduction, including syringe services programs

For the first time, Ohio’s state operating budget includes a dedicated line item that will fund harm reduction, including syringe services programs (SSPs) across the state. This funding was proposed and then ushered through budget deliberations by Senators Dave Burke (R-Marysville) and Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood). While many harm reduction initiatives, such as naloxone access and...