State Budget introduced by Governor DeWine: On February 1, the DeWine Administration introduced its executive budget plan for State Fiscal Years 2022 – 2023, to be considered by the Ohio General Assembly. With planned expenditures of $85.76B in SFY 2022 and $85.81B in SFY 2023, the budget neither proposes an increase in taxes (other than a $10 fee increase to register motor vehicles), deploying the state’s $2.69B rainy day fund, nor a significant reduction in spending. The biennial budget is somewhat “normal” in most respects, despite the current circumstances, because one-time resources – such as the federal government’s assumption of a greater share of the state’s Medicaid spending (approximately $300MM in federal assistance each calendar quarter) – are being utilized.
New Round of COVID Relief: House Democrats are drafting a new COVID-19 relief bill modeled after President Biden’s proposed $1.9T in federal response announced in January. A floor vote in the U.S. House is expected next week (the week of Feb. 22.); Congressional leaders are intending for the final bill to be signed by President Biden in early March.
For years, companies have been looking for ways to reduce production costs. Building production facilities overseas was commonly perceived as one way to save. However, companies are now seeking to move their facilities back to America and with the effects of COVID-19, reshoring has never been more important.
The Western Reserve Community Fund (WRCF), which is managed by the Development Finance Authority of Summit County (DFA), has received official certification as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) from the CDFI Fund, a program overseen by the U.S. Treasury. All CDFI’s share a common goal of expanding economic opportunity in Low-Income Communities by providing access to financial products and services for local residents and businesses, striving to foster economic opportunity and revitalized neighborhoods.
Governor Mike DeWine, as part of his state operating budget kickoff, announced a broad and impressive $1 B Investing in Ohio program designed to impact the economic downturn created by the COVID 19 virus. Ohio like many other states around the country have experienced reduced revenues, and economic activity due to the pandemic and the governor is focused on provided resources and support to help spur economic activity while supporting small businesses in the state.