Blog Archive

Posted March 17, 2011
HB 63 would change the court hearing process for girls seeking to bypass parental consent before they have an abortion, by going to court, as currently provided inorder to bypass parental consent requirements in The Ohio House of Representatives debated HB 63 on Tuesday, March 15. It passed by a...
Posted February 16, 2011
I am offering the following statement as the vote on HB 3 comes up tonight: "Given my view that Ohio's estate tax is about as close to outright theft as a tax can get, I need to explain my vote today. I cannot, in good conscience, recommend passage of this bill until we have developed a fiscally...
Posted January 17, 2011
The first round of bills -- some of them major -- has been introduced in the Ohio House as the new session gets under way. A brief description of the topic of each bill is provided here, with links to the actual bills, for your review. At the time of this posting the Ohio Senate has not yet begun...
Posted January 11, 2011
Representative Amstutz was appointed to chairman of the House Finance and Appropriations Committee in Tuesday's voting session of the Ohio House of Representatives. The committee is the largest in the Ohio House, with 32 of the 99 members serving on it. Additional committees on which Rep. Amstutz...
Posted January 04, 2011
Much has been reported about Ohio's $8 Billion budget gap that has developed over the past several years. The good news is that this knowledge is well known compared to many states where there has been little reported on their problem. The other good news is that Ohio's problem is not as desparate...
Posted January 03, 2011
Today at 2 PM the Ohio House of Representatives will meet for the opening session of the 129th General Assembly. Each member will be administered the oath of office by Chief Justice-elect Maureen O'Connor. Speaker-elect Bill Batchelder, R-Medina, will be elected officially, and a series of initial...
Posted December 11, 2010
Ron recently shared thoughts on Ohio's tax reforms enacted in 2005 to incoming chiefs of staff of newly elected governors from various states around the US. Here are some of his thoughts in response to questions posed: 1. What problem were you trying to address with tax reform? Motivating Factors...
Posted December 08, 2010
Today, may turn out to be the final day of active voting session before session closes for the two years. Here is the calendar of bills for consideration today: CONSIDERATION OF SENATE AMENDMENTS Am. H. J. R. No. 2 — Representatives Sayre, Ruhl   Cosponsors: Representatives Adams, J., Adams, R.,...
Posted November 12, 2010
Amstutz To Chair House Finance Panel; Carey Named Vice Chair New House Finance Chairman Plans 'Methodical' Budget Review Process, Night Subcommittees Speaker-elect Bill Batchelder has tapped a familiar face to lead the new majority's efforts on the budget and other state financial matters in the...
Posted September 11, 2010
Are you in agreement with or disagreement with a range of 12 approaches to bringing Ohio's spending in line with its revenue?  Those are the questions for this Fall survey of Wayne County citizens.  I'm looking forward to your responses.  These questions will confront you with a range of budgetary...
Posted September 10, 2010
Tomorrow marks the beginning of "Fair Week" in Wayne County. I plan to spend quite a bit of time at the fair, especially over the weekend and on Monday. As part of my discussions with you citizens, I will be handing out a Report and Budget Survey. My suggestion is that you fill it out online,...
Posted September 07, 2010
With the general frustrations with government and our economy, it's understandable that folks can fly off the handle while considering Ohio's school funding situation. Recently I was criticized for not applying innovation on this important issue. North Carolina was pointed to as a better state on...
Posted September 02, 2010
A year or so ago the five public employee systems in Ohio responded to a request for legislators to recommend changes to their programs in order to address the fiscal health of each system in light of substantial loss in value experienced by the investment portfolio of each trust fund. What...
Posted September 02, 2010
Adding some light to the school funding discussion By State Rep. Ron Amstutz, R-Wooster Much has been said recently about the need to rework school funding in Ohio. Given current challenges of taking school operating budgets or facility improvement proposals to the voters, we can understand the...
Posted July 16, 2010
The following guest column was written by one of my colleagues on the House Finance Committee who is an expert in the health care industry. She shares concerns that I've been voicing on this critical issue:   Hospital Tax is Putting Jobs and Ohio’s Economy at Risk Yesterday at 3:51pm by State...
Posted July 04, 2010
May this day be one of renewal to the foundational principles that converged at the beginnings of our nation. Given that this July 4th falls on Sunday, I'm sharing some connections to comments and views that came from our early national leaders. May they encourage, challenge and inspire us again...
Posted June 29, 2010
At 1:30 PM today I'll be participating in the first meeting of a six-member budget planning commission that was created almost a year ago with passage of the current two-year state.  It was known then that the dynamics enacted in the current operating budget set the stage for an extremely difficult...
Posted June 08, 2010
State tax revenues are continuing to lag in Ohio. June is the last month of the state budget year, and we now have the report for the first 11 months. It now appears that tax revenues will fall 20 percent in the two year period ending in a few weeks. This budget year tax revenues are expected to be...
Posted June 07, 2010
We can all agree that access to working capital is a serious concern for much of the business community.  why then would it be cruel to take up a bill on June 3rd in the Ohio House of Representatives proposing to set up a small business working capital loan program in Ohio? I was very critical of...
Posted May 30, 2010
Let's take time to remember, to give thanks, to take courage in our thoughts and actions . . .
Posted May 22, 2010
It seems to happen nearly every time the legislature is nearing a break in our schedule of voting session. Various levels of panic set in and unusual actions are attempted as the urgency of the close of business sets in. The last half of May has moved into this mode. Memorial Day is only a week...
Posted May 06, 2010
With enactment of Arizona's state law, immigration policies jumped higher in the thoughts and concerns of more of us. This is not a no-brainer for most of us.  It requires some homework and some thought. There is no position or policy that is not controversial. On one extreme of the immigration...
Posted May 04, 2010
Today is voting day for nominating party candidates for state officials and Ohio's representatives to the U.S. Congress, along with two statewide issues and a list of county candidates and local levies. I'm providing links to resources for voters looking to follow local results tonight. Here is the...
Posted April 16, 2010
How and why did state government get to the point where it increased state income tax rates by 4.2 percent for last year and this year? That can be a long and tangled story, but I'll offer a shorter version here. It starts in 2008 and 2009, when state spending -- primarily on health care services...
Posted April 15, 2010
Today is tax day -- the day our state and federal income tax filings are due. You may not know that the state income tax bill you have to pay is actually 4.2 percent higher than the tax rates that were in effect throughout almost the entire year of 2009. How can this be? Let's have a look and put...