Here in the Statehouse, my colleagues and I recently spent a lot of time passing the mid-biennium review. The MBR is a multi-bill project, reexamining the state budget to improve policies and update certain laws. Ohio’s operating budget was signed into law last summer, and since then, there has been ample time to consider what reforms could increase the effectiveness of our state government. These important reforms are now spread out between 10 issue-specific bills.
To tackle the task of government streamlining in House Bill 487, the legislature reviewed all appropriation line-items. Through this process, we were able to consolidate, merge or reform more than 135 of these line-items. This work translates into $13 million of savings throughout this biennium. It is the job of the government to not only provide high-caliber services to its citizens, but also to fund these services in a responsible manner. The bottom line here is tax dollar savings and more efficient government operations.
House Bill 487 includes many more components in its review process, each benefiting Ohioans through increased government efficiency. There is always room for improvement in state government, and it is important that we take advantage of any opportunity to make Ohio a better place to live.