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May 6, 2019 North Royalton Ward 3 Councilman Dan Langshaw & Ward 4 Councilman Paul Marnecheck House Bill 166 Joint Testimony before Ohio House Finance Committee

Chairman Oelslager, Vice Chair Scherer, Ranking Member Cera, and committee members. My name is Dan Langshaw and I am the Ward 3 Councilman on the North Royalton City Council. I am also accompanied by my colleague North Royalton Ward 4 Councilman Paul Marnecheck. Thank you for the opportunity for us both to testify on House Bill 166 the State Operating Budget.

The residents we both serve and all Ohioans wonder why there are so many communities having to put more levies, bond issues, and other ballot measures these days? Why are our highways, roads, bridges, and infrastructure falling apart in our state? The answer is looking you in the mirror. It is the leadership in Columbus for almost a decade that has caused this mess. Local governments historically have not been getting the funding they desperately need to address these issues in our communities.

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State Budget Update

I hope everyone’s summer is going well. I just wanted to give you all a quick update on the State Budget HB 153. On Monday June 27th the joint legislative state budget Conference Committee met late to debate what is assumed to be the final version of Amended Substitute House Bill 153, the biennial budget legislation. After more than several hours of deliberation, the committee voted along party lines (4–2) to recommend a final product to both houses. On Tuesday June 28th the Senate voted approved the committee’s recommendation. Today the House also approved the Conference Committee’s recommendations. The budget now goes to Governor John Kasich a day to sign the bill into law, which is just in time for the new fiscal year to begin this Friday. Read More…

How to Advocate on the Budget Bill in the Conference Committee

The biennial budget (HB 153)for the State of Ohio has been passed by the Ohio House and the Ohio Senate. It goes to a conference committee between the two legislative chambers. Please keep contacting the lawmakers from our area. But also here is how to contact those who have a direct effect on the process before the bill is finalized by June 30, 2011:

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State Budget Update

I just wanted to give you an update on the State Budget. Preliminary reports regarding the Senate’s substitute budget bill (HB 153) indicate that the following will be included:

• Restoration, for all districts, FY2011 levels of state foundation formula funding (minus stimulus dollars) for both FY2012 and FY2013.

• A $17/pupil award for all districts in which report card rankings were excellent or excellent with distinction.

• Removal of most of the language mirroring provisions in S. B. 5.

• Removal of most of the language inserted by the House that would liberalize charter and voucher authority.

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Copy of Board Member Langshaw’s Senate Testimony on HB 153

OPPONENT TESTIMONY ON HB 153 BY

DAN LANGSHAW
NORTH ROYALTON SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER

BEFORE THE

OHIO SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE

May 17, 2011

Chairman Widener, Vice Chair Jones, Ranking Member Skindell, and committee members. Thank you for the opportunity to testify on Amended Substitute House Bill (Am. Sub. HB) 153 the State Operating Budget. My name is Dan Langshaw and I am member of the North Royalton School Board.

On behalf of my school district and the over 4,700 students in our community that we serve, I am here to express opposition to Am. Sub HB 153 in its’ current form. Back on April 7, 2011 I gave testimony on HB 153 and its devastating funding loss to the North Royalton City School District of almost $5 million in the next biennial budget. This amounts to a total percentage cut of 38% in state funding.

My district has met every state and federal accountability measure imposed upon us, and our students continue to achieve at the highest of levels. Our school district continues to rank high in performance with one of the lowest cost per pupil expenditures in the entire county. In May 2009 our community stepped up during one of the toughest recessions since the Great Depression to pass a 6.2 mil levy because they value public education! Our community has done all that they can do, yet their reward is the state failing to do their fair share. The Governor may claim to be holding the line on taxes at the state level, but his actions are clearly passing the greater tax burden onto local communities like the North Royalton City School District.

The budget that was approved by the House made minor changes to the governor’s original proposal. In the most recent version, my district stands to lose $4.6 million rather than $4.9 million which will still have a profound negative impact on our district. We appreciate the effort that was made in the House in regards to State Foundation Aid; however it does not go far enough to address the issues that still remain with funding public education in our state.

Attached in my testimony today is a resolution from my board that was recently unanimously approved opposing these funding cuts. In our resolution we urge the legislature to not penalize our district and like districts while offering increases to other districts. We also urge the state legislature to focus on including a reduction cap of 20% or less on the total state funding districts received in fiscal 2011. This includes not only state foundation aid, but the tangible personal property reimbursement and utility KwH reimbursement as well.

In closing, Senators it is our hope that the Senate Finance Committee will support an amendment similar to the one introduced on the floor of the House by Representative Mike Dovilla to HB 153, that will address the issues I have just mentioned. Until that happens, we will remain in opposition to Am. Sub HB 153.

Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you. I am happy to answer any questions you may have.

Copy of Board Member Langshaw’s Testimony on HB 153

OPPONENT TESTIMONY ON HB 153 BY

DAN LANGSHAW
NORTH ROYALTON SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER

BEFORE THE

FINANCE SUBCOMMITTEE ON PRIMARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION
OHIO HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

APRIL 7, 2011

Good afternoon, Chairman Carey, ranking member Lundy, and members of the Finance Subcommittee on Primary and Secondary Education. Thank you for the opportunity to testify on HB 153 the State Operating Budget. My name is Dan Langshaw and I am member of the North Royalton School Board.

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