Following the Governor's state operating budget for fiscal years 2012 and 2013, the Governor asked OBM to conduct a top-to-bottom review of state government agencies and programs - the Mid-Biennium Budget Review. Through this process, the Governor and his cabinet identified ways to make more cuts from their budgets for the second year of the biennium. In addition, the found proposed a number of significant changes to reform outdated policies, end duplicated or inefficient programs, close tax loopholes, cut bureaucracy and make the best use of technologies.
The result has been a Management Efficiency Plan, designed to reduce costs and improve delivery of services for Ohio taxpayers. Other policy changes coming out of the budget review include important revision of Ohio tax policy (including an income tax reduction for all Ohio taxpayers) and reforms in policies affecting education, energy policy, workforce development and jobs creation.