Last month, we described House Bill 9 (HB9), introduced by state representative Terry Boose, that addressed the periodic review of tax expenditures. At the time, there was a hitch when the House rejected the Senate’s version of the legislation, nearly unanimously.
The crux of the problem with the Senate’s version was the provision that precluded the Director of Administrative Services from making any purchases without prior approval of the controlling board. In fiscal year 2016, the revenue reduction from tax expenditures was $8.49 billion, and in fiscal 2017, $8.86 billion. Lawmakers resolved their disagreement, and Gov. John Kasich signed the bill just before Christmas, along with 16 others.