DeWine Signs His First Budget As Governor - With 25 Vetoes
Gov. Mike DeWine signed the state operating budget 17 days after the deadline, and 10 hours after a temporary budget expired.
Many of DeWine's vetoes deal with Medicaid policy, including the single pharmacy benefit manager proposal that was in the House budget. DeWine says Medicaid is willing to work on that goal but needs flexibility. And he wants more transparency.
DeWine also vetoed a provision that sought to give Ohioans itemized lists of medical expenses on nonemergency procedures. He cited a recent executive order signed by President Donald Trump and says he wants agencies to collaborate on this.
He also crossed out a provision that would eliminate the prohibition and fines on the sale of mesh crib liners, noting that the American Academy of Pediatrics opposed this provision.
DeWine also vetoed a guarantee on per-pupil funding for school districts, saying that the wealthiest school districts would benefit the most.
DeWine struck a provision eliminating the requirement that teachers in traditional schools and STEM schools be licensed by the Ohio Department of Education.
DeWine vetoed a provision requiring the publication of the list of charter schools that are at risk of permanent closure by August 31, saying that since report cards aren't issued until September 15, that creates uncertainty for parents and students.
DeWine vetoed the clause that grandfathered in people who turn 18 by October who want to buy tobacco products. So the "tobacco purchases only over 21" law will apply to everyone.
Updated: Ohio House Democratic Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today issued a statement following more than two-dozen budget bill vetoes by Gov. Mike DeWine.
”While he didn’t address all of our concerns, the governor did veto some problematic tax language Democrats opposed that would have made it harder for Ohio communities to deliver essential services and adequately fund their local school districts to give teachers and students the tools they need to succeed.
“These vetoes strengthen the bill and keep our fundamental promise to work for you, the taxpayers. Still, there is unfinished business in this budget, and Democrats remain committed to working together to find commonsense solutions that move Ohio forward.”