In June, the General Assembly approved House Bill 153, the two-year state operating budget. Despite being faced with filling a multi-billion dollar shortfall, we were able to pass a balanced budget that maintains funding for areas such as education and health and human services without raising taxes. Additionally, the budget contains a number of other tax reforms that will help further job creation and economic development in Ohio. Because my colleagues and I believe that the key to our economic recovery is reducing the tax burden on families and companies, the budget implements the final installment of the 21-percent income tax that was first approved in 2005. It is estimated that this will put more than $800 million back into the wallets of Ohioans at a time when it is needed most. House Bill 153 also includes roughly $1.7 billion in property tax relief for Ohio homeowners. Another important reform contained in the budget is the elimination of Ohio's estate tax by 2013. Also known as the "death tax," the estate tax has driven businesses out of our state and made it more difficult for family-owned businesses and farms to be passed on to future generations. Eliminating this onerous tax will put our state on a more level playing field when in comes to attracting and retaining business to Ohio. We also created a new tax credit for individuals investing in small businesses. InvestOhio permits Ohioans to receive a 10 percent tax credit if they invest in a small business and maintain that investment for two years. With nearly half of all Ohioans employed by these types of businesses, anything that helps them grow and thrive provides a boost to our economy. Other tax-related changes in the budget include credits to encourage community revitalization and job retention among major employers. Taken together, these reforms will let families and businesses keep more of their hard-earned money in these difficult economic times while helping Ohio get back on the path to prosperity. Tip of the month: The Ohio Department of Commerce maintains a listing of abandoned property - such as customer deposits, insurance proceeds or uncashed dividend checks - belonging to Ohio residents. If you believe you have unclaimed funds, you can contact the Unclaimed Funds Division at 1-877-644-6823 to initiate the claims process. You can also perform an online search at
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
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Manning Applauds State's Approval Of New LCCC Bachelor's Degree Program


COLUMBUS—State Senator Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville) this week applauded the Chancellor for Ohio's Department of Higher Education's approval to grant Lorain County Community College (LCCC) the ability to deliver bachelor's degrees in microelectronic manufacturing. 


Senate Passes Manning, Dolan Bill To Strengthen Penalties For Promoting Prostitution


COLUMBUS—The Senate passed legislation today sponsored by State Senator Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville) and State Senator Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls), which would strengthen criminal penalties for individuals who are convicted of promoting prostitution in Ohio.


PHOTO: Manning Joins State Leaders To Identify Non-Pharmacological Approaches To Treat Addiction


COLUMBUS—State Senator Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville) today joined Attorney General Mike DeWine, the Ohio Chiropractor Association and U.S. Army Veteran, Sergeant Shilo Harris for a press conference addressing non-pharmacological approaches to treating chronic pain and addiction as a way to help reduce the reliance on opioids.


Manning Encourages Recent Graduates To Apply For The 2019 LSC Fellowship Program


COLUMBUS—State Senator Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville) today announced that the Ohio Legislative Service Commission is accepting applications through April 1, 2018 for the 2019 Legislative and Telecommunications Fellowship Program. The Commission will hire 24 fellows to serve in the Ohio General Assembly for the 2019 calendar year.