FY 20-21 Budget

2019 brought new leadership in the governor’s office and in the Ohio House. But though Republicans were still in charge in both those places and in the Senate, there were only 21 bills that were signed into law, including four required budgets.

A hallway is decorated with classroom projects at a public elementary school in Westerville.
Karen Kasler

Ohio’s public schools could lose millions of dollars to private schools through an expansion of the state’s biggest voucher program.

A picture of a Hunting Valley home from the village's website.

One of Gov. Mike DeWine’s 25 vetoes on the state budget struck a provision that was added at the last minute – a property tax reduction for certain homeowners in one wealthy school district, but not others.

Rep. Jim Butler (R-Oakwood) speaks to reporters at a press conference in 2017.
Karen Kasler

Nearly half of the 25 vetoes that Gov. Mike DeWine issued when he signed the two-year state budget deal with health care and Medicaid, which is the state’s largest program.

Andy Chow

Gov. Mike DeWine signed a two-year budget deal which included $172 million for improving the water quality in Lake Erie, but he hopes more money can be pumped into that fund at the end of the biennium.

Gov. Mike DeWine signs his first budget.

Gov. Mike DeWine signed the state operating budget 17 days after the deadline, and 10 hours after a temporary budget expired.

A crowd watches a float in the St. Patrick's Day parade in Cleveland in 2010.

The two year operating budget will move next year’s presidential primary to St. Patrick’s Day. Republicans had to move it to after March 15 so they could award all delegates to a single candidate.

Conference Committee on HB166 meets to lay out the details of the budget deal reached between leaders in the Ohio House, Senate, and Governor's Office.
Andy Chow

After 17 days of overtime budget negotiations, lawmakers in the Ohio House and Senate have reached a $69 billion two-year spending deal.

Sen. Dave Burke (R-Marysville, third from right) shakes hands with Rep. Scott Oelslager (R-North Canton) at the first meeting of the budget conference committee on June 25.
Karen Kasler

Budget talks between leaders of the House and Senate are being described as very positive with solid progress moving forward, but a deadline is coming Wednesday.

Sen. Dave Burke (R-Marysville) is one of three Senators and four Republicans on the six member conference committee.
Karen Kasler

It’s almost two weeks into the state’s new budget year, and there’s still no permanent two-year operating budget.

Office of Budget Management Director Kimberly Murnieks with Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted as the administration rolled out its budget proposal in March.
Karen Kasler

The Ohio Office of Budget Management is instructing state agency directors to keep a close watch on their spending during the 17-day budget extension.

Ohio House approves temporary budget as both chamber miss June 30 budget deadline.
Andy Chow

Ohio lawmakers failed to reach a state budget agreement by the midnight deadline, missing the mark for a spending deal for the new two-year cycle. Because the House and Senate couldn’t reach a compromise, both chambers passed a temporary budget extension to keep the government running. 

Andy Chow

With hours to go before the deadline for a two-year operating budget to be signed, the Ohio Senate approved a deal that would extend it for 17 days.

Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford), Gov. Mike DeWine, Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) talk to reporters after an agreement on the transportation budget in April.
Statehouse News Bureau

For the first time in a decade, state officials are poised to miss the deadline to get the two-year operating budget to the governor for his signature.

House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) talks to journalists about the budget process, currently in conference committee.
Andy Chow

The deadline for the Ohio House and Senate to reach a budget bill agreement is Sunday night. But House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) says he has a backup plan.

Members of the Conference Committee met for the first time on Tuesday.
Karen Kasler

It’s looking like the conference committee working on a compromise state budget will go into the weekend – with the deadline to sign the budget on Sunday night. And among the differences between the House and Senate versions is an income tax cut and a small business tax break. 

House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) talks to reporters after session.
Karen Kasler

The six lawmakers working out the hundreds of differences between the House and Senate versions of the budget are facing some a really big one right off the top – a major split over tax cuts.

The Franklin County Courthouse in Columbus
Liesl Bonneau

There are a lot of differences that lawmakers are working out in the House and Senate versions of the two-year state budget. But one thing that’s in both – a lot more funding to pay for defense of very low-income defendants in county courts.

A lot of the work on the state budget happens at night at the Statehouse.
Karen Kasler

The two-year state budget is headed to a conference committee Tuesday to work out significant differences between the House and Senate versions. And there isn’t much time to deal, because the budget must be signed by Sunday night.

Students listen to a speaker at a high school graduation in Lancaster in 2017.
Karen Kasler

The Senate budget includes a set of high school graduation requirements that could settle that issue, which the state has been struggling with for years.  The proposal in the budget comes from a coalition of business groups, school districts and a charter schools organization.

Members of the Senate Finance Committee has been hearing testimony since mid-May.
Andy Chow

With just over a week to go before the state’s two year budget must be signed into law, the Senate will vote on its version today. And there are some last minute changes to that spending plan.

Senate Finance Chair Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls) and President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) discuss the budget with reporters the day after it was introduced.
Karen Kasler

The final version of the Ohio Senate’s budget is expected Wednesday. While there will certainly be some proposals added in, some things are unlikely to change – such as the money that goes to a fund that’s been decimated over the last eight years.

Wesley Walker speaks about his experience with mental illness at a press conference featuring advocates for mental health and suicide prevention organizations.
Karen Kasler

Advocates are calling on Senators to restore $36 million in funding for mental health and suicide prevention before they pass the budget. That's money that was in the House budget but is not in the Senate version.

Sen. Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls), Senate Finance Committee chair
Andy Chow

The Ohio Senate’s budget plan adds more money to the fund that helps children who are dealing with severe mental and developmental issues while shifting policy to help parents maintain custody of their children in the process.

Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford)
Karen Kasler

The Speaker of the House isn’t pleased that the Senate has diverted some money his chamber had put toward services for lower-income students into other educational priorities.

Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina), Gov. Mike DeWine, and House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford)
The Ohio Channel

The Ohio Senate made many changes to the House budget plan, which includes restoring several tax exemptions such as the tax break for small business owners making up to $250,000 a year. 

Senate Finance Chair Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls) gestures during a discussion about the Senate’s version of the budget as President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) looks on.
Karen Kasler

Republican Senate leaders say the budget they released yesterday is not the final product, but it does represent some of the changes they wanted to make to the House’s spending plan.  And more changes are coming, with the deadline to sign the budget just over two weeks away.

Karen Kasler

Republican Senate leaders have frozen the existing school funding formula in their version of the budget.  So did the House, but it did add funding into services to help lower-income students.  Senators are planning to make some changes there.

Sen. Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls), chair of the Senate Finance Committee, discusses changes to the budget bill.
Andy Chow

Ohio Senate Republicans made sweeping changes to the House version of the state budget, including larger tax cuts and restored tax breaks.

The Senate Finance Committee has been hearing testimony on the budget for a few weeks.
Sam Aberle

With the deadline to sign a new two-year budget a little over two weeks away, state senators are releasing their proposal for that spending plan today. And there are likely to be some changes from the version that overwhelmingly passed the House last month.