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 going to the local government fund, which has been decimated over the last eight years.
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is proposing a bill that would require overtime pay for any salaried worker making less than $51,064, a more than $15,000 increase to the Trump Administration's proposed threshold.
Advocates are calling on the Ohio Senate to restore $36 million in funding for mental health and suicide prevention before they pass the state budget. That money was in the House budget but was cut in the Senate version.
Gun rights advocates say a proposal to require nearly all gun sales and transfers to go through federally licensed dealers and to require buyers to undergo background checks won’t have much of an effect on crime.
Ohio's charter schools are by law non-profit, but nearly 200 of them are managed by for-profit operating companies. A new study by an anti-charter school group says charters run by for-profit operators spend a lot more money on non-classroom costs than traditional public schools do.
With the deadline to sign a new two-year budget a little over two weeks away, Ohio's state senators are releasing their proposal for that spending plan Tuesday. There are likely to be some changes from the $69 billion proposal that overwhelmingly passed the Ohio House last month.
Total state tax collections were up 20% over estimates for April and 3.1 % 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.