Kimberly Murnieks State Agencies Put New Programs, Hires On Hold During Budget Delay By Andy Chow • Jul 8, 2019 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. Budget Director Revising Forecasts - Predicting Larger State Surplus By Karen Kasler • Jun 10, 2019 Karen Kasler Total state tax collections were up 20 percent over estimates for April and 3.1 percent for May. That’s leading the state budget director to revise her projections for a budget surplus for the close of the fiscal year at the end of this month. Lawmakers Get Two Sets Of Forecasts To Start Budget Process By Karen Kasler • Mar 19, 2019 Karen Kasler On the first day of hearings on Gov. Mike DeWine’s $69 billion operating budget, lawmakers are hearing about two sets of economic forecasts. And they’ll have to decide which estimates they’ll go with. Income Tax Take Down For Two Months, But Budget Director Still Positive By Karen Kasler • Feb 12, 2019 obm.ohio.gov State income tax collections have been down for the last two months, leading some to wonder whether Ohio will end the fiscal year with a surplus – or in the red.