Ohio Alliance for Arts Education
Arts on Line Education Update
July 2, 2015
1) Governor Signs Budget Bill and Vetoes 44 Items
Governor John Kasich signed into law Sub. HB64 (Smith) Biennial Budget on June 30, 2015 after vetoing 44 items, including provisions related to higher education, supplemental payments for school districts, and an effort to shift the taxes on electrical generation plants. According to the Akron Beacon Journal the vetoes eliminate about $100 million in state funds for 119 school districts. The following is a summary of the education-related items vetoed by Governor Kasich in HB64:
- Vetoes the requirement that the General Assembly approve recommendations from Ohio’s Task Force on Affordability and Efficiency in Higher Education.
- Eliminates a provision that prevented two public universities and private colleges from participating in the college credit plus program.
- Vetoes the provision that allowed nonpublic schools to opt-out of the college credit plus program.
- Eliminates a provision that ensured that no school district received less than 20 percent of state aid per pupil.
- Vetoes a provision that exempted Joint Vocation School Districts from limits set on spending for administration.
- Eliminates the school district Tangible Personal Property Tax (TPP) reimbursement supplemental payments in 2017.
- Eliminates the property tax replacement payments to local taxing units.
- Repeals the exemption of electrical generation plants from the public utility tangible personal property tax and the shift of the tax to the transmission and distribution system. The governor recommended in his veto message that lawmakers continue to discuss the ramifications of this provision, which should be included in separate legislation. School districts would have been held harmless for the loss of tax revenue.
See the Governor’s Veto Message at https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-documents?id=GA131-HB-64.
See “Some Akron-area schools to lose millions after Ohio Gov. Kasich makes last-minute vetoes to state budget”, by
Doug Livingston, Akron Beacon Journal at http://www.ohio.com/news/break-news/some-akron-area-schools-to-lose-millions-after-ohio-gov-kasich-makes-last-minute-vetoes-to-state-budget-1.604800
2) Senate Approves HJR4 (Smith/Curtin) Anti-Monopoly Constitutional Amendment
The Ohio Senate approved on June 30, 2015 HJR4 (Curtin-R. Smith), a proposed constitutional amendment to amend sections of Article II of the Constitution of the State of Ohio to prohibit an initiated constitutional amendment that would grant a monopoly or special economic interest, privilege, benefit, right, or license to any person or entity, and to modify the procedure to propose a law or constitutional amendment by initiative petition. The Ohio House concurred with Senate amendments to the resolution, paving the way for HJR4 to be on the November 2015 ballot. The resolution aims to block a constitutional amendment sponsored by ResponsibleOhio to legalize marijuana and establish 10 sites owned by investors to grow marijuana in the state. ResponsibleOhio recently submitted over 600,000 signatures to the Secretary of State’s Office to qualify their proposed amendment for the November 2015 ballot.
See LSC report on HJR4 at https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-documents?id=GA131-HJR-4
3) House Fails to Take Action on Sub. HB2 – Charter School Reforms
After months of hearings and stakeholder involvement on charter school reform bills in the Ohio House and Senate, the Ohio House took no action this week on Sub. HB2 (Dovilla/Roegner), even after the Ohio Senate approved the bill unanimously on June 25, 2015. The Senate amended the bill to include SB148 (Lehner/Sawyer), a bipartisan bill that incorporates some of the recommendations to strengthen charter school accountability proposed by stakeholders and State Auditor David Yost. The House could take action on the bill in September.
See LSC report on HB2 at https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-documents?id=GA131-HB-2