In the coming days, the Ohio House of Representatives will wrap up their work on Ohio's twoyear state operating budget and send it to the Senate. My colleagues and I will then spend several weeks hearing input from citizens and stakeholders before making further changes to the bill. By law, the budget must be passed by June 30, so we obviously have a lot of work ahead of us. The challenges facing lawmakers during this budget process are many. Our current budget was balanced with billions of one-time federal dollars that are no longer available, and the economic downturn has resulted in decreasing tax revenues for the state as families and businesses have curtailed their spending habits. In addition, programs such as Medicaid are consuming everlarger portions of our limited resources due to increasing demand. Taken together, this means many difficult decisions lie ahead as we work to get our economy back on track and ensure the state's long-term fiscal stability. However, these challenges also provide us with opportunities to significantly change the way our government operates and serves its citizens. When Ohio Governor John Kasich unveiled his budget plan in March, a few things were made clear: all segments of government are going to be affected, and the end of "business as usual" is at hand. The Governor's budget includes fundamental reforms of everything from Medicaid to primary and secondary education to prisons as well as the privatization of state functions and services and increased local government costsharing and collaboration. Although it is unclear at the time I write this what changes to the budget are being considered by the Ohio House, implementing a tax increase to help fill the shortfall is not among them. Legislative leaders and the Governor have all indicated that a tax increase at this time would only hurt our chances of economic recovery by driving up costs to individuals and businesses who we want to reinvest in our economy and create Ohio jobs. In fact, a Quinnipiac poll conducted in March found that 65 percent of voters supported balancing the budget by reducing spending rather than raising taxes. As hearings on the budget continue, I would encourage everyone in the 13th Senate District to contact my office with any questions or concerns they have about our progress. While I am not a member of the Finance Committee that will deal with the budget, hearing from you will allow me to make sure that the views and opinions of our region are considered throughout our deliberations. Please feel free to write, call or email my office at any time during our discussions. On a separate note, I am proud to announce that Senate Bill 73 - legislation I introduced to help streamline regulations for manufacturers - has been signed into law by Governor Kasich. The bill allows manufacturers of nonbevergae food products containing alcohol to purchase the beer or wine needed wholesale rather than in individual containers. With this change, Ohio has leveled the playing field for companies such as Jeni's Ice Cream in Columbus and Custom Culinary in Avon, making it easier for them to compete and expand their operations in our state. Senate Bill 73 will become effective Ohio law in July. Tip of the month: The Ohio Department of Health offers breast and cervical cancer screenings and diagnostic programs at no cost to eligible women across Ohio. Residents of the 13th Senate District can call 1-800-443-2168 (Lorain County) or 1-800-655-4707 (Huron and Seneca counties) for more information and eligibility qualifications.
Senator Gayle Manning represents the 13th Ohio Senate District, which encompasses Lorain and Huron counties and eastern portions of Seneca County. Her office can be reached by phone at (614) 644-7613 or by e-mailing SD13@senate.state.oh.us.
 
 
 
  
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