Ohio Senate Unveils Budget

Leaders of the Ohio Senate announced their version of the state budget. Their plan resets the PLF to 1.68% of the GRF.

The Ohio Senate Leadership held a press conference Monday to announce their version of the state budget bill (HB 49) for FY18-19. Overall, the Senate’s version makes $650 million in reductions and tries to close a projected shortfall of over $1 billion. Under their plan, the Public Library Fund (PLF) resets to 1.68% of the state’s General Revenue Fund (GRF).

Senate Leadership stated that they are “striving to protect funding for our nationally recognized public library system and increase the formula funding over the prior version of the bill.”


Read the Senate’s Press Release.


During the press conference, Chairman Scott Oelslager (R-North Canton) commented on the Public Library Fund (PLF) and Senate President Obhof (R-Medina) also responded to a reporter’s question about library funding. Their comments can be seen at the 8:05 and 43:06 mark of the Ohio Channel video.


The Amended Substitute House Bill 49 was formally introduced in committee Monday afternoon (June 12, 2017). A summary is available on the OLC website. More information will be shared after the OLC reviews the entire bill.