Justice Reinvestment may finally be coming to Ohio. On February 22, 2017, Senators John Eklund (R-Munson Township) and Charleta Tavares (D-Columbus) introduced policies that take a huge step towards fulfilling the promises of Ohio’s 2011 Justice Reinvestment Act known as House Bill 86.
Overall, the Ohio Department of Education seeks a 1.2% and 1.4% budget increase in FY18 and FY19, respectively. These are relatively modest overall increases and, taken as a whole, Gov. Kasich's education funding proposal is a welcome change from the past several budgets where spending increases significantly exceeded the rate of inflation.
Gov. Kasich’s proposed FY 2018-2019 biennial budget advances several tax policy changes, which represent a sound general direction for policy. However, government should not be in the business of penalizing nor rewarding select sectors, businesses, or industries—as happened with the Kasich Administration’s proposed severance tax increase and new taxes on the vaping industry.
The Buckeye Institute was one of the first organizations in Ohio to argue for, and provide data defending, school choice in Ohio, and we are honored to celebrate School Choice Week. It could not come at a better time for advocates for children, their parents, and meaningful education reform.