Mid-Biennium Budget Review
Fiscal Year 2015
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 In addition, they have used this process to propose a number of significant changes that reform outdated policies, end duplicated or inefficient programs, close tax loopholes, cut bureaucracy and make the best use of technologies.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
- OBM Director Keen's Testimony on House Bill 472, House Ways & Means Committee, March 12, 2014
- OBM Director Keen's Testimony on House Bill 483, House Finance & Appropriations Committee, March 19, 2014