Closing a Roughly $1 Billion Fiscal Shortfall While Protecting Essential Services
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Closing a Roughly $1 Billion Fiscal Shortfall While Protecting Essential Services
This week, the Ohio Senate passed its version of the state's biennial operating budget, which invests in essential public services, maintains historic levels of state aid for education and preserves key tax reforms while reducing government overhead and closing a projected revenue shortfall of roughly $1 billion.
 
I am proud of the work we’ve done in this budget. We focused on policies that promote job creation and went line by line, searching for savings, doing what we needed to do to ensure that Ohio’s budget was balanced and forward looking. 
 
 
Helping Families Save for their
Children's Futures
My colleagues and I recently approved legislation in the Senate that doubles the maximum income tax deduction to $4,000 per beneficiary for contributions to college savings accounts and disability expense savings accounts.
 
Saving money to care for a loved one living with a disability or to help reduce the financial burden of getting a college education can place a tremendous financial burden on families. This legislation helps families save for their children's futures using additional tax relief and provides greater opportunity for Ohioans to achieve financial independence.
 
 
Providing Back-to-School Savings for Ohio Families: August 4-6th
Most holidays drain our bank accounts, yet this uniquely timed holiday allows Ohioans to keep more of their hard-earned money while equipping students with the tools they need to succeed in the classroom. Ohio's Sales Tax Holiday will provide a sales and use tax exemption for customers purchasing certain retail items during the first weekend in August (August 4th, 5th and 6th) and is intended to boost sales while giving taxpayers a break.
 
 
Local Elementary Student Honored
for Creative Achievement
I was pleased to recently present a Senate resolution to constituent Katelyn Ramsey, of Clarksburg, who was named national winner of the Nestlé Pure Life “Share A Smile” bottled water, label design contest. This contest is a great opportunity for her to showcase her creative abilities and earn some extra money to reinvest in her own education.
 
 
Honoring Clinton Memorial Hospital Surgeon Named Physician Advocate of the Year
I recently had the honor of recognizing Dr. Brian Santin, a vascular surgeon at Clinton Memorial Hospital in Wilmington, for being named the Ohio State Medical Association's 2016 Physician Advocate of the Year. Dr. Santin is an invaluable resource on health care policy and someone who lawmakers from both political parties can look to for straightforward counsel on ways we, as a state, can improve health outcomes for Ohioans
 
 
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Senator Bob Peterson represents the 17th District in the Ohio Senate, which encompasses all or part of Clinton, Fayette, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pickaway, Pike, Ross, and Vinton counties. He currently serves as President Pro Tempore of the Ohio Senate. Learn more at www.OhioSenate.gov/Peterson. Download a high-resolution photo of Senator Peterson here.
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