Ohio Legislature Misses Budget Deadline; Passes Temporary Funding Measure

The House and Senate Leadership were unable to reach a final agreement on the FY20-21 state budget bill, House Bill (HB) 166, prior to the July 1 deadline. Negotiations took place last week and over the weekend. With time running out and facing the deadline of the start of the new fiscal year today – both chambers passed an interim state budget for 17 days to keep state agencies and services open with no interruptions. The interim budget was signed by Gov. DeWine on June 30. This will allow for additional time for negotiations on the larger operating budget bill for FY20-21.

 

Unfortunately, this means the Public Library Fund (PLF) distribution for the month of July 2019 will revert to the permanent law percentage of 1.66%. OLC has reached out to the Office of Budget and Management (OBM) for additional clarification on the impact – this will all be dependent on the state’s tax receipts for the month of June. We will share additional information as soon as we have it.