July 15, 2022
OML UPDATE AT A GLANCE:
STATE HAS RECORD BALANCES IN GENERAL FUND AND BUDGET STABILIZATION FUND FOLLOWING FY22
The Ohio Office of Budget and Management released an update on the state's revenue collections following the close of Fiscal Year 2022. See the full numbers below.
IMPORTANT CHIPS ACT UPDATE
The U.S. Senate is planning to vote on a slimmed-down version of the United States Innovation and Competition Act (USICA) that will contain the Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors for America Act (CHIPS for America Act). With the Intel development coming to Ohio and the many benefits associated with it, passage of the legislation is important to Ohio and the nation. See a full update from the National League of Cities below.
FEDERAL SAFER COMMUNITIES ACT SIGNED
President Biden recently signed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act into law. The act includes:
- $750 million to help states implement "red flag" laws to remove firearms from people deemed to be a danger to themselves or others, as well as other violence prevention programs
- Funding for a variety of programs aimed at shoring up the nation's mental health apparatus and securing schools
- Enhanced background checks for gun buyers under the age of 21 by giving authorities up to 10 business days to review the juvenile and mental health records of young gun purchasers
- The so-called "boyfriend loophole" so individuals in serious dating relationships who are convicted of domestic abuse will be prevented from purchasing a gun
CRIME REDUCTION GRANT RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED
Gov. Mike DeWine announced an additional $9.9 million in grants that will go to 25 local law enforcement agencies to help combat violence in their communities. The grants are part of the fourth round of the Ohio Violent Crime Reduction Grant Program. To date, the administration has awarded $19.5 million to 69 Ohio law enforcement agencies. A total of $58 million will be awarded as part of the grant program overall. Learn More
MUNICIPAL INCOME TAX SEMINAR HELD
Tax administrators and others attended OML's annual Municipal Income Tax Seminar, held July 13-14. The event provided the opportunity to further discuss remote work and municipal tax withholding, ethics, confidentiality, the basics of being a tax administrator, current legislation, and more. Thanks to all who attended and made it a successful conference!
UPCOMING REGIONAL CONFERENCE IN FINDLAY
OML's upcoming regional conference taking place in Findlay on Aug. 5 is a great opportunity to network with other elected officials and staff members from nearby cities and villages, while also learning more about topics relevant to municipalities, including policy issues, ethics, public records, home rule, cybersecurity, and economic development. Register HERE before the July 29 deadline
RAILROAD CROSSING ELIMINATION GRANT ANNOUNCED
The U.S. Department of Transportation is accepting applications for the Railroad Crossing Elimination discretionary grant program. More than $573 million is available this year, and the program will fund projects that create grade separations – such as overpasses and underpasses – as well as closures, track relocations, and improvement or installation of warning devices at crossings if related to a separation or relocation project. Applications are due by Oct. 4. More Info