What They're Saying About
Ohio's New State Budget
TOM HUMPHRIES, PRESIDENT AND CEO, YOUNGSTOWN/WARREN REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
"We're pleased that the governor has signed a budget that balances fiscal restraint with the need to advance programs that stimulate the economy. In particular, we look forward to acting within the framework of the education and workforce development programs that are vital to job creation. We understand that the budgeting process is difficult and ongoing, but we feel that the House, Senate and Governor's Office are getting the job done."
MAURICE CLARETT, FORMER OHIO STATE FOOTBALL PLAYER
"Thank you Governor Kasich for signing into law a plan that will use the incredible resources of our state in smarter ways, to change lives and improve public safety. Like many other Ohioans behind bars today, I made a bad decision when I was younger. However, I was fortunate to get the resources I needed to set me on the right course. The TCAP program in the governor's budget ensures more Ohioans don't just get locked away and forgotten, but get put on a similar path to rehabilitation that ensures they don't return to jail. Ohio should be proud that its taking a step to not only save money, but to change lives."
THE OHIO SOCIETY OF CPAS
"We applaud the Kasich Administration's leadership and the Ohio General Assembly's guidance in achieving significant, long-sought-after improvements to Ohio's municipal income tax system through passage of centralized collection and eliminating the local throwback rule. Giving business owners the option to file their net profit tax returns on one form and make payments in one place versus the current system of separate filings with potentially dozens - even hundreds - of separate jurisdictions will result in meaningful compliance savings. This change, combined with eliminating the costly throwback rule, will make Ohio an even more attractive state in which to operate a business."
ANDREW E. DOEHREL, PRESIDENT AND CEO, OHIO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
"The Ohio Chamber of Commerce appreciates and supports Gov. Kasich's initiatives that help build bridges between education and business. Workforce development is a major focus for companies as it leads to better jobs and economic prosperity for all Ohioans."
CHRIS RUNYAN, PRESIDENT, OHIO CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION
"We are extremely grateful to Governor Kasich for his leadership on an issue of great importance to contractors throughout the state - centralized collection of net profits municipal income taxes. For Ohio's contractors, who work in a multitude of cities throughout the year, simplifying the convoluted municipal income tax filing and payment system will bring about a huge reduction in bureaucratic headaches, misspent time, and filing expenses. Instead of dealing with red tape, contractors of all sizes will now be able to focus their time and budgets on creating new jobs in the construction sector by growing their companies."
ROGER GEIGER, VICE PRESIDENT& EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NFIB OHIO
"We are pleased that businesses have a new option to file and pay their municipal net-profit taxes. This important provision will allow Ohio's entrepreneurs to save significant time, money and other resources in complying with Ohio's unique municipal income tax system. These job creators can now focus on more important matters like expanding their businesses and stimulating the economy. We applaud Commissioner Testa for crafting the proposal, and the Ohio General Assembly and Governor Kasich for their support for this critical reform."
DANIEL J. DEW, LEGAL FELLOW, THE BUCKEYE INSTITUTE
"When society sends low-level offenders to prison, taxpayers pay a hefty bill only to see these people come back to our communities alienated from society and more dangerous than when they went in. The governor, the Senate, and the House all recognized that Ohioans deserve a better return on their investment. By providing resources to Ohio communities, the budget's Target Community Alternatives to Prison (TCAP) program will allow local judges, law enforcement, and prosecutors to get low-level offenders, many of whom are struggling with addiction and mental health issues, the treatment necessary to help prevent a life of hardened crime."
GARY TONKS, CEO, THE ARC OF OHIO
"The Arc of Ohio thanks Governor Kasich and the Ohio Legislature for again supporting Ohioans with developmental disabilities. The current budget builds on the historic $286 million dollar investment made two years ago, by investing 65 million new dollars over the next two years. As a statewide association made up of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, friends, interested citizens and professionals in the disability field, we believe this new funding will strengthen our system and continue to improve the lives of Ohioans with developmental disabilities."
JASON ORCENA, DRPH, MA, PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF OHIO HEALTH COMMISSIONERS
"The efforts made by Gov. Kasich and his administration have had a significant impact on families struggling with addiction. The administration's expansion of Medicaid has made treatment and long term solutions possible for many, which is a crucial component in fighting opiate addiction. Gov. Kasich's support of naloxone distribution programs like Project DAWN is helping to preserve life, a fundamental obligation of the public health system."
JACK HERSHEY, PRESIDENT AND CEO, OHIO ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY COLLEGES
"Governor Kasich should be commended for first proposing that Ohio community colleges be allowed to offer bachelor's degrees. The common sense approach approved will require community colleges to work in close partnership with local businesses so that the graduates of bachelor's degree programs will have jobs waiting for them after graduation."
MARCIE SEIDEL, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PREVENTION ACTION ALLIANCE
"Prevention Action Alliance (formerly Drug Free Action Alliance) thanks the Kasich Administration and the 132ndGeneral Assembly for its dedicated and thoughtful consideration in crafting a budget to meet the difficult challenges of Ohio's substance misuse and opiate crisis. In some fashion, this epidemic impacts every sector of our society and nearly every family. The ability for all citizens to thrive is thwarted when those among us are enslaved by these devastating disorders and mental health concerns. We celebrate this budget's strong support to meet the needs across the continuum of prevention, treatment and recovery to offer hope and healing. The Prevention Action Alliance is grateful for this proactive approach to meet the needs of Ohioans."
HOLLY HARRIS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, JUSTICE ACTION NETWORK
"Targeted Community Alternative to Prison, or TCAP, ensures low-level offenders aren't just tossed behind bars with violent criminals, but instead receive community-based treatment proven to achieve better outcomes. Ohio is fortunate to have a governor, legislative leaders and a national voice on reform in Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Director Gary Mohr, all of whom understand that we cannot incarcerate our way out of the drug crisis, and that we must invest in Ohio's people, not just its prisons. With his signature on this budget, Governor Kasich ensures Ohio remains a national leader on smart justice reform, and more importantly, makes Ohio communities stronger and safer."
RICHARD E. DALTON, BUSINESS MANAGER, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF OPERATING ENGINEERS, LOCAL 18
"We support Governor Kasich's Education Budget which continues to keep education affordable for all Ohioans while holding educational institutions accountable. We appreciate Governor Kasich's persistence, through his Executive Workforce Development Board and other means to look at all the possibilities to get Ohio's workforce on a career path whether it be through a traditional four year college, a community college, a trade apprenticeship school or any other means of educational institution to get Ohio back to full employment."
JOEL POTTS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, OHIO JOB AND FAMILY SERVICES DIRECTORS ASSOCIATION
"Fighting poverty requires big ideas, and the Kasich Administration& General Assembly should be commended for their innovative approach. First established two years ago, the Comprehensive Case Management and Employment Program (CCMEP) provides an unprecedented focus on the caseworker-to-client relationship to help improve long-term outcomes of those looking to move up and out of poverty. By making the program permanent and expanding the eligible population, this budget empowers local agencies to take CCMEP to the next level."
DR. THOMAS BRIDGEMAN, PROFESSOR OF ECOLOGY AND HARMFUL ALGAL BLOOM RESEARCHER, UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO
"The support of Governor Kasich, Chancellor Carey, and the state legislature for Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) research at Ohio's universities is a key catalyst for bringing the considerable expertise of university researchers to bear on a broad range of HAB problems, providing the answers that state agencies need to protect our citizens from HABs."
DR. MICHELLE JOHNSTON, PRESIDENT, RIO GRANDE COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND THE UNIVERSITY OF RIO GRANDE
"We are making important and significant strides in the prevention and response to sexual violence on our Ohio campuses through the Changing Campus Culture initiative. As demonstrated through continued funding by Governor Kasich and our legislators, the determination to ensure the safety of our students and staff is clear and unyielding."
BUD HITE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, LUCAS COUNTY COMMUNITY BASED CORRECTIONAL FACILITY
"As we watch this drug epidemic run rampant throughout our communities, it is reassuring to see our great state step up once again as a national leader and meet these issues head on. Thanks to the leadership of Governor Kasich and Director Gary Mohr, alongside our legislature, Ohio continues to work tirelessly to give communities the resources necessary to change lives for the better."
ROBERT ROOKS, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE ALLIANCE FOR SAFETY AND JUSTICE
"In Ohio, there's a recognition across all demographic groups of the need to make changes to the state's criminal justice system. Diverse leaders, including crime survivors, faith leaders, business leaders, and law enforcement, are calling for real reforms. Hopefully this budget will be a down payment on a broader set of reforms to further reduce the number of people in prison for low-level offenses and invest in community health, prevention, and rehabilitation."
COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ASSOCIATION OF OHIO
"The County Commissioners Association of Ohio (CCAO) supports the provision providing up to $2.5 million to reimburse our county jails for the psychotropic drugs that are administered to jail inmates. These drugs are generally expensive and thus a significant cost for county jail operations."
SANDRA R. WILLIAMS, OHIO STATE SENATOR, DISTRICT 21
"It is critical that Ohio adapts to the changing demands of the workforce and provide assistance to Ohioans to get properly trained for the jobs available today. I have been a longtime advocate of increasing the funding and access to short-term certificates. I support the Executive and Legislative efforts in this budget that help close the significant gap between the needs of employers and the skills of workers."
TERRY RUSSELL, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS OHIO
"Thank you Governor Kasich for your continued support and commitment of individuals and families whose lives are affected everyday by mental illness. His support of the residential state supplement increase, crisis mental health centers and other NAMI Ohio initiatives will save Ohioans' lives."
GORDON M. GOUGH, PRESIDENT AND CEO, OHIO COUNCIL OF RETAIL MERCHANTS
"We applaud the governor's efforts to bring business owners the simplification and convenience of filing provided by this needed tax reform. For too long the cumbersome process of being required to file in multiple jurisdictions has burdened businesses across Ohio. We believe this proposal is the right step in our state's quest to create a streamlined tax code and spur a positive business climate for employers."
JUDGE JOHN W. RUDDUCK, CLINTON COUNTY COMMON PLEAS COURT
"I applaud Governor Kasich and the legislature for reaffirming their commitment to reform the criminal justice system. The diversion initiative TCAP - Targeting Community Alternatives to Prison - will allow communities to better treat addicted Ohioans, rather than continually overpopulating our prisons with low-level and non-violent offenders."
DR. CYNTHIA JACKSON-HAMMOND, PRESIDENT, CENTRAL STATE UNIVERSITY
"We acknowledge the responsible approach of the Governor, the Chancellor, the Ohio House, and the Ohio Senate who have worked to create a budget that supports the educational and workforce development goals of the state."
AMERICAN COATINGS ASSOCIATION AND THE OHIO PAINT COUNCIL
"Thank you Gov. Kasich for making it easier for Ohio families to identify lead-safe homes through a new Lead-Safe Housing Registry when looking for a place to live. We also appreciate substantial new funding for lead hazard abatement in homes where Ohio children live."
CHERI L. WALTER, CEO, OHIO ASSOCIATION OF COUNTY BEHAVIORAL HEALTH AUTHORITIES
"We are very appreciative that the Administration and Ohio General Assembly continue to prioritize the needs of Ohioans that have a mental illness and/or addiction. It is heartening to know that Ohio's leaders understand that treatment works and people recover when they have access to the necessary treatment and recovery support services."
DR. RICK KURTZ, PRESIDENT, SHAWNEE STATE UNIVERSITY
"We are grateful for the continued support of the Kasich administration and our state legislators in making college possible for the at-risk student population served by Shawnee State University. It takes a significant investment of time, resources, and support services to help first-generation college students overcome the barriers keeping them from completing their degrees. This investment is critical if we are to meet Ohio's 2025 Attainment Goal."
PAUL DEPASQUALE, PRESIDENT, OHIO ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION
"Thank you Governor Kasich for your continued commitment to reducing lead exposure for children across the state. Having a registry of lead free homes in the state will provide families looking for healthy housing options to easily make informed decisions. Additionally, providing funds to abate lead hazards in homes where children currently reside will reduce their exposure to lead, and its associated health effects. Both of these initiatives will improve public health and the quality of life for children in Ohio."
DR. PATRICIA GABBE, MD, FOUNDER, MOMS2B OHIO
"Thank you Gov. Kasich for increasing state funding to support local infant mortality initiatives and help more Ohio babies reach their first birthdays. This funding will be used to support evidence-based, proven initiatives that address the leading causes of infant mortality â€“ preterm birth, sleep-related deaths and birth defects."
JASON PYE, DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC POLICY, FREEDOMWORKS
"We thank Governor Kasich for signing the TCAP program into law, a program that embraces conservative principles of both saving taxpayer dollars and making our communities safer. By reinvesting money saved from our prison system into rehabilitation and treatment programs for non-violent drug users, we're working to ensure they don't commit another crime and make our communities safer. Today's achievement shows we can work together to use conservative policies to transform the state's prison system."
JAN RUMA, VICE PRESIDENT, HOSPITAL COUNCIL OF NORTHWEST OHIO
"Despite the budget challenges, Governor Kasich has prioritized Ohio's future by securing funding for local and statewide coordinated efforts to reduce infant mortality that will help to create a culture of health in Ohio."
JASON ORCENA, DRPH, MA, PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF OHIO HEALTH COMMISSIONERS
"We are pleased to see Governor Kasich continue to prioritize infant mortality reduction in the final budget. This funding will support efforts to help families put their babies to sleep safely and will fuel evidence based strategies to help prevent infant deaths in Ohio. I can think of no issue worthier of investment from the State."
DR. STEVEN JOHNSON, PRESIDENT, SINCLAIR COMMUNITY COLLEGE
"I am very happy at the prospect that this budget will allow community colleges like Sinclair to offer job-focused bachelor's degrees in areas of high demand throughout Ohio. I congratulate Governor Kasich and the legislature on their focus on the future of Ohio's workforce, and Sinclair is ready to develop programs that benefit the students and employers of our state."
JEANNE GOGOLSKI, FOUNDER& CEO, EDUCATIONPROJECTS.ORG
"Governor Kasich's proposals to make stronger connections between industry and education are exactly what we need to prepare Ohio's next workforce."
JEFF KLEIN, PRESIDENT, OHIO FIRE CHIEFS' ASSOCIATION
"Ohio's emergency responders appreciate Gov. Kasich's two-year commitment to providing additional financial assistance to help local communities battle the statewide epidemic of opiate addiction. Responders must have an ample supply of Naloxone, an opioid reversing drug, on-hand in order to have a chance to save lives. First responders from law enforcement and fire rescue agencies, as well as individuals and families suffering from the effects of addition, will all benefit from these financial grants."
KEN TAYLOR, PRESIDENT, OHIO CAT
"The construction industry is always looking to attract skilled and productive workers, and Ohio CAT is excited to see that Governor Kasich prioritized workforce development in the state's budget. We commend the Governor and the legislature for funding community and technical colleges and for providing college credit to high school students who complete approved pre-apprenticeship programs. These actions will help ensure that Ohio has a skilled workforce so that we can continue our economic recovery and resurgence."
JENNIFER TURNES, PRESIDENT, THE OHIO COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS ASSOCIATION
"We applaud Governor Kasich and the Ohio General Assembly for making the right decision to passionately invest in TCAP as part of Ohio's next budget. This budget expands treatment options for local communities and aims to have a positive impact of reducing prison beds and drug dependence."
SCOTT WILLIAMS, VICE PRESIDENT OF PUBLIC POLICY, OHIO ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS
"We applaud Governor Kasich's bold proposal to streamline municipal tax filing in this state saving our members and businesses money and time."
JUDGE JONATHAN P. HEIN, DARKE COUNTY, COMMON PLEAS
"We could not be more pleased with Governor Kasich signing off on Ohio's next budget. By including funding for TCAP in this budget, Ohio is putting responsibility back into the hands of community leaders to provide help to addicted individuals. Instead of sending low-level offenders to prison, we now have more resources available to work locally to fight this opiate epidemic through our own treatment providers. This is a momentous step forward for Ohio as we continue to be progressive leaders around the country."
ROBERT BRUNDRETT, DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC POLICY SERVICES, THE OHIO MANUFACTURERS' ASSOCIATION
"The Ohio Manufacturers' Association thanks Governor Kasich and the leadership of the Ohio General Assembly for including provisions in the state budget that offer centralized municipal income tax collection to Ohio's businesses. This new process will streamline tax filing for Ohio's businesses. This provision represents one more important step in advancing Ohio's business friendliness."
BRUCE A. MCPHERON, PH.D., EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND PROVOST, THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
"Universities across Ohio are partners in the state's response to harmful algal blooms that threaten public health and create economic challenges for affected industries. Financial support is critical to sustaining the scientific research that will lead to innovative solutions to prevent and manage future algal blooms and, most importantly, to keep Ohio citizens' drinking water safe. I commend the governor, the chancellor, and the Ohio legislature for recognizing the importance of this ongoing work."
LENORE ANDERSON, PRESIDENT, ALLIANCE FOR SAFETY AND JUSTICE
"The criminal justice reforms in this budget are a first step towards the goal of rebalancing Ohio's criminal justice system and we applaud Governor Kasich for his leadership on this important issue. Diverting people convicted of low-level offenses to local programs in lieu of costly and often ineffective prison stays is sound public policy. The budget provisions should serve as the beginning: more sweeping changes will be needed in order to meaningfully slow corrections spending and prison growth while improving safety."
DAN T. MOORE, CEO, DAN T. MOORE COMPANY
"The apprenticeship initiatives for high school students that align with Ohio's College Credit Plus program, combined with credentials which count toward graduation, are a game-changer in making sure high school graduates are 'job-ready'."