Senate Budget Falls Short of Governor’s Workforce Funding Levels; Includes K-12 Reform

The Senate’s version of the state budget (House Bill 33) — as presented by the Senate Finance Committee this week — falls short of Gov. Mike DeWine’s suggested funding levels for multiple workforce initiatives. Among the Senate budget provisions of most concern for manufacturers are the following:

On a positive note, the Senate budget contains an OMA-supported plan (Senate Bill 1) to restructure the state’s K-12 oversight by placing additional focus on workforce readiness. The renamed Ohio Department of Education and Workforce would assume many duties of the state board of education. 6/8/2023