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Mid-Biennium Budget Review

Transforming Ohio

After signing his first biennial operating budget in 2011, and again after completing his second state 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 In addition, they have used this process to propose a number of significant changes that reform outdated policies, end duplicated or inefficient programs, close tax loopholes, cut bureaucracy and make the best use of technologies.

The result of MBRs introduced in 2012 and 2014 has been dozens of significant reforms, budget adjustments and efficiencies, all focused on reducing costs and improving delivery of services for Ohio taxpayers. Other policy changes coming out of the Mid-Biennium Review include important updates in Ohio tax policy (including an across-the-board income tax reduction for all Ohio taxpayers) and reforms in policies affecting K-12 education, higher education, workforce development, jobs creation, energy policy, health care and services for the most vulnerable Ohioans.