Reps to introduce bill to restore cuts
State Reps. Ronald V. Gerberry and Sean J. O’Brien plan to introduce legislation in the Ohio House to restore significant cuts made last year to the Local Government Fund.
But Gerberry, of Austintown, D-59th, said the proposal he and O’Brien, of Brookfield, D-65th, would co-sponsor is likely to go nowhere.
“Do I expect this bill to rush through the General Assembly? Not at all,” Gerberry said. “I’d be surprised if we got a [committee] hearing.”
In an effort to balance the state budget, Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, proposed last year a 25-percent cut to the fund in July 2011, and an additional 25-percent reduction in July 2012.
The Republican-controlled Legislature approved the cuts of $555 million over the two years. The money is to go to counties, cities, villages and townships.
Gerberry said there is $247 million in what is known as the “rainy-day fund,” money put aside by the state government for emergencies, and tax revenues are about $140 million above projections. Most of the money to restore the local government fund cuts could come from those two areas, he said.