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Hello, 

I hope you and your family have enjoyed the summer along with the many festivals and celebrations that come with the nice weather. 

Over the summer, the General Assembly worked to pass the various budgets that keep the state effectively functioning. As Senate Finance Chairman, I enjoyed collaborating with my colleagues and citizens on the main operating budget to ensure that we are funding the priorities of Ohioans and addressing their concerns first and foremost.

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about my work over the past few months. I look forward to addressing issues important to you. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact my office by phone at (614) 466-8056 or by e-mail at Dolan@OhioSenate.gov.

Sincerely,
 
State Senator Matt Dolan
24th Senate District 
www.ohiosenate.gov/Dolan
On September 22, 2021, I was proud to honor Cuyahoga County resident Katie Nageotte on the Senate Floor for winning the Gold Medal in Women’s Pole Vault at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. You can click here to watch the presentation from last week's Senate session. 

Katie began her pole vaulting career in the seventh grade and has continued the sport ever since. A graduate of Olmsted Falls High School, Nageotte holds the state record at 3.97 meters. 

She then went on to attend Ashland University where she became a two-time NCAA Division II National Champion. After her collegiate career, Katie continued her training with the goal of competing in the Olympics. Despite coming in fifth place at the 2016 Olympic Trials, Katie did not give up and instead, persevered to make it to the 2020 Olympic Trials. 

Katie earned first place at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials in Oregon, performing a career-best pole vault of 16 feet, 2 ¾ inches, and securing her spot on the 2020 Olympic Team. In Tokyo, Katie earned gold by clearing the pole vault bar at 4.9 meters (16 feet, 1 inch), she showed us in the Senate chamber just how high she soared to earn the gold, very impressive.

On a world stage, Katie showcased the American spirit through excellence, determination and hard work, making her an incredible role model for young athletes and an inspiration to all who know her. Congratulations again to Katie Nageotte!
Over the summer Senate Bill 30 was signed into law by Governor DeWine, establishing Ohio Overdose Awareness Day. This bill is an important step to help remember the lives lost and continue to bring awareness to the ongoing battle with the opioid epidemic that has touched every Ohio neighborhood. 

While there have been some improvements, Ohio is still third in the nation in overdose deaths. The General Assembly has made significant investments to support Ohioans struggling with substance use and mental health disorders by expanding recovery housing, investing in wrap-around services for K-12 students and increasing county crisis stabilization services. Ohio Overdose Awareness Day marks another important step towards eradicating this crisis from our state. 

In line with SB 30, the State observed its inaugural “Ohio Overdose Awareness Day” on August 31, 2021 and displayed all state flags at public institutions at half-mast in remembrance of the lives lost to the epidemic. Additionally, the State sponsored a variety of programs in support of Ohio Overdose Awareness Day and Recovery Month in September. 

With the goal of raising awareness and supporting communities in the fight against drug addiction, RecoveryOhio, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) partnered to distribute more than 120,000 additional doses of the lifesaving overdose reversal drug naloxone across the state. The agencies also collaborated to create a partner toolkit and award stipends to local communities to facilitate overdose awareness and naloxone distribution events. 

To learn more about Ohio’s work to address opioid addiction, visit recoveryohio.gov. If you or a loved one need help for a substance use disorder, please call the Ohio CareLine (1.800.720.9616) for free, confidential assistance from a trained counselor. 
 

Over the summer, the Ohio Legislature worked to craft and pass a widely praised, pro-growth budget (H.B. 110) that gets results for every Ohioan. As chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, I worked to ensure that the budget invests in our infrastructure and waterways, strengthens our workforce, increases access to quality education and childcare, provides Ohio families with school choice, and invests in Ohioans through the largest personal income tax cut in our state’s history. 

Among other highlights, the budget: 
  • Modernizes School Funding: Makes momentous investments in K-12 education, establishing a new school funding formula for Ohio’s 611 public school districts. This plan provides a unique base amount of per pupil funding for every district in the state utilizing the makeup of each individual district.
  • Supports Our Veterans: Invests $12 million to support a critical treatment program for veterans suffering from PTSD, brain and other traumas, and substance use disorders. It also expands the program to help treat first responders and law enforcement officers. 
  • Protects Ohio's Water Quality: Appropriates $170 million for Ohio’s H2Ohio program. Of that, $100 million will be used by the Ohio Department of Agriculture to help farmers with nutrient, water and erosion management, $50 million for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for continued wetland preservation and $20 million for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to improve water and wastewater infrastructure and replace lead service lines to reduce lead exposure. 
  • Invests in the Health and Wellbeing of Ohioans: Makes targeted investments in the health of women and children, including the expansion of Medicaid coverage for new mothers from 60 days to one year. Increases access and funding for child care services. 
  • Improves Access to Broadband: Appropriates $250 million to expand residential broadband access to ensure Ohio households lacking basic connectivity to high-speed, reliable broadband are properly served and can participate in the increasingly modernized economy, education and healthcare systems.
  • Revitalizes Ohio Communities: Includes $150 million for communities to utilize in razing and repurposing blighted, abandoned properties. Additionally, the Senate secured $350 million to identify and address clean-up for abandoned industrial properties, known as “brownfields” across the state.
  • Implements Significant Tax Relief: Provides the largest personal income tax cut over a single biennium in Ohio’s history, saving Ohio taxpayers a total of $1.6 billion. Helping Ohio’s lower income families, the budget increased the threshold for which a person pays zero state income tax from $22,150 to $25,000, resulting in an additional 125,000 Ohioans receiving a 100% tax cut and keeping more of their hard-earned paychecks.
Recently, I was recognized as a 2021 Legislator of the Year by The Public Children Services Association of Ohio (PCSAO) during their annual conference.
 
PCSAO advocates for and supports child protection programs and policies for safe children, stable families, and supportive communities. They also provide leadership opportunities for young people (aged 14-24) who have experienced the foster care system.
 
I was recognized for my leadership and commitment to children and families involved in the children services system. As Finance Chairman, I worked to increase the investment in the State Child Protective Allocation (SCPA). The SCPA appropriates funds to the county public children services agencies (PCSAs) to offset increased placement costs and protect, stabilize, and meet the complex needs of children and their families. Additionally, I worked to ensure that the state’s budget makes significant investments to support multi-system youth and prevent parents from having to relinquish custody in order to get services for their child.

During the conference, five individuals were also honored with the “Rising Up and Moving On” Award, which recognizes former foster youth who have overcome adversity and worked to become a positive influence in their communities. I co-presented these awards and was able to hear first-hand how their lives have been touched by the foster care system. 
I was pleased to recognize National Clean Energy Week (NCEW), September 20-24, 2021, with an Ohio Senate Citation.

Clean Energy week recognizes the essential role that clean energy plays in addressing Ohio’s energy and economic needs. NCEW convenes policymakers, advocates, and the private sector to break barriers and elevate the value of clean energy across our nation. It is also a celebration of clean energy innovation and how it helps solve the world’s most pressing challenges in nuclear, solar, wind, hydropower, geothermal, natural gas, biomass, carbon capture, storage, and waste-to-energy technologies. 

In line with National Clean Energy Week, Senate Bill 89 had its second hearing in Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee last week. SB 89 aims to promote an “all of the above” energy policy in Ohio and the diversification of its energy generation. Renewable energy is a key ingredient in Ohio’s economy. The passage of SB 89 will further solidify Ohio as the ideal place to develop alternative energy, attracting new residents and businesses alike. 



 
 
Senator Matt Dolan represents Ohio’s 24th Senate District, which contains a portion of Cuyahoga county. Learn more at www.OhioSenate.gov/Dolan. To download a high-resolution photo of Senator Dolan for your use, click here.