The Ohio legislature passed a bipartisan supported budget bill (HB 110). The Catholic Conference of Ohio commends the diligent and thoughtful efforts by the administration and the General Assembly.
The bill provides unprecedented support for both public and private school students. Many Catholic school students, parents and administrators will receive needed assistance due to increases in voucher payments, supportive services, and the ability to participate in the newly created After-School Child Enrichment Savings Account Program to name just a few.
The bill strengthened the Governor's budget proposals that focused on children, families and persons in need. Special funding for multi-system youth and the OhioRise program was maintained. Provisions were removed that could have hindered access to the SNAP program, other public assistance programs, and affordable housing.
Increased funding was provided for the Parenting and Pregnancy Program which provides funding for pregnancy centers. Provisions further protecting conscience rights, and provisions addressing transfer agreements for abortion clinics also were passed.