Budget bill heads to conference committee

Written on Jun 22, 2017

OSCPA staff report

The Ohio General Assembly’s conference committee will start hearings this afternoon on House Bill 49, the biennial budget bill.

The current version of the bill contains OSCPA-supported provisions, including the ability for businesses to choose to file municipal net profits taxes via the Ohio Business Gateway instead of with each individual city where they do business.

The House and Senate scheduled the first meeting of the House Bill 49 conference committee for 1 p.m. today, when the committee is scheduled to hear from Budget Director Tim Keen and LSC Director Mark Flanders.

Committee members are Reps. Jack Cera, D-Bellaire, Scott Ryan, R-Newark, and Ryan Smith, R-Gallipolis; and Sens. Gayle Manning, R-North Ridgeville, Scott Oelslager, R-North Canton, and Mike Skindell, D-Lakewood.

The state’s biennial budget bill, which was voted out of the Senate yesterday, 24-8, contains cuts of almost $1.1 billion from the version introduced earlier this year. Legislators face a June 30 deadline to pass a final version and get Gov. John Kasich’s signature.

OSCPA has long advocated for centralized collection of municipal taxes as a meaningful way to improve the state’s business regulatory climate. Lawmakers still need to hear CPAs support this much-needed change. You can help by leaving a phone message with your state representative and senator or sending a letter or email. Contact OSCPA’s government relations team to find out how.

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