Ohio Lawmakers Approve, Governor Signs New Budget

Before breaking for its summer recess, the General Assembly this week approved, and Gov. Mike DeWine signed, a $74.1 billion, two-year state operating budget (House Bill 110). This compares to roughly $70 billion in general-fund spending under the previous two-year budget.

The 3,300-page measure received strong bipartisan support, with an 84-13 vote in the House and a 32-1 vote in the Senate. Among the highlights and key provisions impacting manufacturers are the following:

Regarding the pro-manufacturing provisions in the budget, OMA President Ryan Augsburger said: “Manufacturers thank Ohio’s policymakers for adopting a responsible and balanced budget, while at the same time focusing on strategic investments to propel the state’s predominant industry.”

The governor vetoed 14 items from the budget, but none impacted OMA priorities. (See separate story.)

To compare the House and Senate versions of the budget to the final product, the Ohio Legislative Service Commission has published this comparison document and spreadsheet.

For more details regarding budget provisions that are important to manufacturers, see separate stories elsewhere in this Leadership Briefing, as well as this updated memo from the OMA Public Policy Services team. 7/1/2021