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Mid-Biennium Budget Review

Fiscal Year 2015

Transforming Ohio
 

After signing his first biennial operating budget in 2011, and again after completing his second biennial budget in 2013, Governor John Kasich asked the Office of Budget and Management to conduct a top-to-bottom review of state government agencies and programs – one-year before Ohio's budget-setting process would traditionally begin. This innovative, 21st Century approach is called the Mid-Biennium Review (MBR). Rather than waiting the usual two years between budgets, the MBR has allowed the Governor and his Cabinet to find savings in their operations for the second year of the biennium. In addition, they have used this process to propose a number of significant changes that reform outdated policies, end duplicated or inefficient programs, close tax loopholes, cut bureaucracy and make the best use of technologies.

Introduced in the Ohio House of Representatives on March 11, 2014 (as HB 472), proposals in the governor's Mid-Biennium Review for fiscal year 2015 were later divided and introduced as 14 separate bills in order to facilitate legislative deliberation.

For the current status and detailed information regarding each MBR bill, click on these links to the Legislative Service Commission website:

HB 483 General MBR
HB 488 Veterans
HB 489 Lease-leaseback agreements
HB 491 Gambling, lottery, and casinos
HB 490 Agriculture, environmental protection, and natural resources
HB 487 Primary and secondary education
HB 484 Higher education
HB 493 Bureau of Workers' Compensation
HB 485 Office of Human Services Innovation
HB 486 Workforce development
HB 472 CAT, income, and tobacco tax
HB 492 Tax administration and enforcement; tax credits
HB 369 Opiate addiction treatment and recovery services
HB 375 Severance tax

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