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03/22/2019

FOR Ohio Update--March 22, 2019

Ohio Senate sends transportation budget back to House

Late yesterday the Senate amended and approved a version of H.B. 62 (transportation budget) by a vote of 24-6.  The Senate version has the following provisions:
The Senate version only fully funds the biennium, the $7.94 billion bill is a reduction of $904 million from the budget proposed by Governor DeWine, see HB 62 appropriations, ODOT Senate Comparison and MFT to locals
 
FOR Ohio is continuing the push for more than what the Senate passed and the Governor is still stating the need is 18 cents.  At this point, we expect a conference committee to be convened next week to work out differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill. The conference committee has not been named.
 
All FOR Ohio Coalition members are being asked to do one final full court press to all House and Senate members over the weekend.  Here are the talking points:
The FOR Ohio Coalition, through all of the coalitions members grassroots efforts to date, have had a significant impact on the deliberations.  We will ask that each of you reach out once again, for another week, to keep our message strong! 
 
*It is our understanding ODOT is updating all their legislative district spreadsheets with the Ohio Senate numbers, continue to monitor their budget website https://beta.transportation.ohio.gov/budget and www.fixourroadsohio.com for information.  See latest FOR Ohio Statement
 

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