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Date: May 28, 2015

To: School board members, superintendents, treasurers/CFOs, business managers and other school business officials

From: Damon Asbury, OSBA — (614) 540-4000 Tom Ash, BASA — (614) 846-4080 Barbara Shaner, OASBO — (614) 325-9562

Re: Senate Finance Committee hearings on budget legislation

The Ohio Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Sen. Scott Oelslager (R- Canton), heard reports from each of the committee’s subcommittees this week on the biennial budget bill for fiscal years (FY) 2016-2017. During this week’s hearing, the subcommittees’ chairs recapped testimony they received from various state agencies and summarized the public testimony presented to the subcommittees over the last several weeks. At this point, there has been little information provided on the direction the Senate will take in its version of the budget. Various reports have indicated that the Senate is considering deeper tax cuts than those proposed by the House. The next step in the legislative process is for the Senate Finance Committee to introduce the Senate’s substitute bill, which is expected on June 8, followed by public testimony from June 9 to June 12. A Senate floor vote is tentatively planned for June 17. Please continue to reach out to your local state senators and make your voices heard. Once the substitute bill is introduced on June 8, we will send out as much information as possible on the Senate changes. We encourage you to follow up with your senator once the substitute bill is released and, if possible, testify before the full Senate Finance Committee.

Please contact us with any questions you may have at this time.

Important Links: OSBA/BASA/OASBO joint testimony before the subcommittee Dr. Howard Fleeter (OEPI) testimony before the subcommittee Link to Legislative Service Commission HB 64 budget resource page

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