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Ohio House Changes To Governor’s Midterm Budget

Key changes to midterm budget facing floor vote in the Ohio House on Wednesday:

ECONOMY:

— Extends maximum period for state transportation project obligations from 25 years to 45 years

— Boosts venture capital technology credit cap from $20 million to $26.5 million

— Provides $500,000 for creation of the Economic Gardening Program

— Allows awarding of one historic preservation tax credit per year to a catalytic project that’s within 2,500 feet of an historic building and expected to foster its development

— Creates the Lake County incubator pilot project

EDUCATION:

— Allows high school dropouts ages 22 to 29 to earn a diploma from a dropout recovery community school, adult career center or community college

— Allots $3 million in new funding for a workforce training program for the economically disadvantaged

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

— Provides additional $10 million for adult protective services

— Provides additional $10 million for child protective services

— Increases Medicaid assisted-living payment rates by 1.5 percent of 2015 rate

— Permits county developmental disability boards to share employees

— Requires medical professionals to provide information on Lyme Disease when ordering a test and allows veterinarians to report positive tests to the state Health Department

— Authorizes a chiropractor to clear athletes to play after exhibiting concussion symptoms

ENERGY

— Permits electric utilities to calculate alternative energy requirements on a baseline of a single previous year rather than a three-year average in certain cases

— Allows electric companies to recover environmental remediation costs and requires minimum 10-year recovery period

TAX AND LICENSING:

— Eliminates licensing of roller rinks by state Commerce Department

— Allows Stark County to apply lodging taxes to improvements at stadium adjacent to Pro Football Hall of Fame

— Expands property tax exemption for fraternal organizations from those at least 100 years old to those at least 85 years old

VETERANS

— Allows Allen County to levy a lodging tax of up to 3 percent for a veterans memorial

— Creates a nonprofit board to oversee creation and operation of the Ohio Veterans Memorial and Museum

GAMBLING:

— Sets permanent salary of Casino Control Commission members at $30,000 a year

— Provides mechanism for charitable bingo operators to expand to new locations

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SOURCE: Ohio House Finance & Appropriations Committee

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