Senate Passes State Operating Budget

The Ohio Senate on Thursday passed House Bill 166, the state operating budget. The passage came following the Senate Finance Committee’s acceptance of an omnibus amendment that was comprised of eight pages of bullet-point changes. Among these changes were new graduation standards, H2Ohio provisions, and increased funding for the TechCred program. The House did not concur with the Senate changes.

The House and Senate will soon designate appointees for a conference committee, which will begin negotiations as the House, Senate, and governor will work towards an agreement on the bill’s final provisions. The deadline for final budget passage is Sunday, June 30. The OMA will continue to work with the legislature to protect Ohio’s manufacturers in this final stage of consideration. 6/20/2019