From cocktails to charter schools: How Ohio's two-year budget will impact your life
Ohio's $75 billion, two-year budget cuts income taxes and pays for schools, prisons and health care. But the massive, 3,300-page document does so much more.
We’ve combed through those pages to find out what those changes mean for you.
From those who developed a taste for cocktail delivery during the pandemic to college athletes looking to earn a little money off their popularity, there's something for everyone.
So, if you ...
Pay income taxes: Most Ohioans will get a 3% cut on their income taxes. People earning up to $25,000 a year won't pay any income taxes anymore. And the richest Ohioans will get a 16% income tax cut because the top bracket was eliminated.
Homeschool your kids: You are getting a $250 tax credit for school supplies and other educational materials.
Send your kids to certain private schools: If the school isn't chartered (doesn't adhere to state education requirements) you will be eligible for a $500 tax credit if you earn up to $50,000 a year, or $1,000 for families who earn up $100,000.
Get an EdChoice scholarship (school voucher): The annual amount your kid receives from Ohio’s school voucher program is going up. The K-8 scholarships will be $5,000 and $7,500 for high school students.
Pay commuter taxes in Ohio: Ohioans who live in one city but work in another will be able to seek refunds on their municipal income taxes for the days they worked at home in 2021.
Use plastic bags: The budget blocks cities and other local governments from putting fees on plastic bags or other takeout containers.
Like state holidays: Ohio will recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday, following Congress’ move to make it a national holiday. June 19 commemorates the emancipation of African American slaves.
Are a famous college athlete in Ohio: You will be able to earn money from your name, image or likeness with a few caveats. You can't advertise for alcohol brands, tobacco, casinos or adult entertainment.
Donate money: You can get a tax credit of up to $750 for donations given to scholarship granting organizations. These are often private schools or nonprofits that give out scholarships to students who attend them.
Have kids in after-school care: You can get some money from the state, providing that your family earns less than 300% of the federal poverty level. The budget allocated $125 million over two years for educational savings accounts that fund after-school and enrichment programs for both public and private school kids.
Get child care assistance: The amount you can earn and still participate in the publicly-funded child care program will increase to 142% of federal poverty (about $30,000 for a family of three) and 150% of federal poverty for families with special needs children.
Use medical marijuana in Ohio: Employers won't violate Ohio civil rights law if they discipline or fire someone who violates workplace regulations on medical marijuana use.
Read more on medical marijuana:With a new round of dispensary licenses on the horizon, cannabis industry advocates turn attention to greater diversity
Live near an abandoned building: The budget allocated $350 million to clean up brownfield (contaminated) buildings and $150 million for demolition.
Recently had a baby: Medicaid is expected to offer a year of postpartum health care rather than 60 days (if the federal government approves an amendment to Ohio's plan.)
Order cocktails to-go: You will still be able to get your favorite margarita to enjoy at home so long as it's on the restaurant’s regular menu.
Entered the Vax-a-Million drawing: Your personal information won't be a public record.
Read more on Ohio vaccines:Who won Ohio's Vax-a-Million drawing?
Want to be a trucker: You will be able to apply for a scholarship to cover the cost of your commercial driver's license (CDL).
Run a community (charter) school: You will be getting more money. The budget doubled the amount for facilities funding to $500 per pupil. And it increased the pot of money for "high quality" schools, bringing the per-pupil amount closer to $1,750.
Want to open a community (charter) school: You are no longer limited by location. For the first time, Ohio will allow charters to operate anywhere in the state.
Have a kid in public school: Ohio completely changed the way it funds K-12 schools in this budget. Advocates have been working on this new formula for years and say it's a better, more predictable way to fund public education.
Try to obtain an abortion in Southwest Ohio: A couple of surgical abortion clinics located in Dayton and Cincinnati could be at risk of losing a tool that helps them operate called a variance.
Under budget changes, doctors listed on the variance must work within 25 miles of the clinic and cannot teach at a public hospital or medical school. This would be a problem for Dayton's Women's Med in particular.
Live in a health department district that serves fewer than 50,000 residents: Your health department might be merged with the county health department after a study.
Like state parks in Ohio: Ohio will designate 120 acres of Malabar State Park's most mature hardwood forest as Doris Duke Woods. No one could timber from the area except for normal maintenance.
Want to play electronic bingo: Ohio will allow fraternal and veterans organizations to offer up to 10 eBingo machines, which look like slot machines but operate like bingo.
Are a crime victim or witness: Your telephone number on police reports would not be a public record.
Want to hold a raffle: Nonprofit organizations designated as 501(c)6s, such as chambers of commerce and professional sports leagues, can offer raffles. At least half of the profit must go to a charitable cause.
Want more annual training for police officers in Ohio: Ohio sets aside $15 million to offset the cost of 24 hours of annual training for police departments in fiscal year 2022. That money is part of a pilot program but a 12-member commission will study a more sustainable way to pay for training.
Read more on Ohio police:New Ohio law enforcement recruitment program announced
Failed your barber teacher license examination: You don't have to wait a year to retake the test.
Want to raise awareness of maternal mortality: Ohio will designate May as "Maternal Mortality Awareness Month" to encourage conversations about pregnancy-associated deaths and how to prevent them. Ohio would also designate the fourth week of June as "Postpartum Cardiomyopathy Awareness Week" to raise awareness about a form of heart failure that can happen late in pregnancy and for several months postpartum.
Worry about suicides and fatal drug overdoses: Counties can set up review committees to investigate opioid-involved deaths or suicide deaths in their areas and report the results to the Ohio Department of Health.
Want more oversight of nursing homes: The Ohio Department of Health can take corrective action or impose fines on nursing homes, residential care facilities and other homes if the director determines immediate action is needed to protect residents' health or safety. Nursing homes can request a hearing about the penalties.
Own a hospital: Many Ohio hospitals will need to be licensed with the Ohio Department of Health within three years.
Live in a place without internet access: Help could soon be on the way in the form of grants to get broadband lines installed in your area. The budget allocated $250 million over the next two years toward grants to pay for new broadband expansion infrastructure projects.
Vape or use electronic cigarettes: You cannot use electronic smoking devices in public places and places of employment. There is an exception for stores that sell the products.
Have a high school student taking college courses: The parent and student will sign a permission slip that indicates they are aware of the potential for mature subject matter in College Credit Plus classes.
Support historic building preservation: The budget designates Poindexter Village in Columbus as a state historic site. The village was dedicated by President Franklin Roosevelt as one of the nation’s first public housing projects in 1940.
Are an LGBTQ couple in Ohio looking to adopt: You have been able to and still can adopt children in the state even though lawmakers opted not to go with the governor’s proposal to clearly state this fact in state law. DeWine’s budget would have changed the phrase “husband and wife” to read “legally married couple."
Receive food stamps (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program): You won't face a stringent test limiting assets to $2,250. That language was removed.
Want to know more about judicial candidates: The budget earmarks $300,000 over two years to promote information about candidates running for the Ohio Supreme Court and appeals courts on the November ballot. The money can't be used to endorse or promote a specific candidate.
Need a copy of your driver's license: Ohio's public libraries must offer free copies of driver's licenses, driver's permits and state identification cards.
Read more on Ohio driver's licenses:Ohio warns time is now to renew driver's licenses and tags that expired during COVID reprieve
Live in Mahoning or Lake counties: Your local government can't use eminent domain to take your property for recreational paths.
Want to drink during bingo: The budget eliminates a ban on selling and drinking alcohol during bingo.
Are a doctor with a moral objection to a procedure: Doctors, health care institutions and insurance companies could decline to perform or pay for procedures that violate their moral, ethical or religious beliefs.
Run a jail: Ohio will set aside $4 million over two years to reimburse county jails for the cost of medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction and alcohol
Want to expand fracking: The budget allows oil and gas drilling on state land.
Work as a firefighter: About $4.5 million was allocated for training and new equipment.
Work as a pastor in prison: You can now offer real wine with communion. The budget makes it clear that small amounts of alcohol for religious purposes do not constitute an "illegal conveyance of intoxicating liquor."
Love your phone book: You're going to be disappointed. Ohio's budget will let telephone companies switch to providing internet-accessible databases of directory listings.
Are a member of the Fraternal Order of Orioles: A quirky amendment in the state budget gives tax exemptions to some of your organization's properties.
Jessie Balmert and Anna Staver are reporters for the USA TODAY Network Ohio Bureau, which serves the Akron Beacon Journal, Cincinnati Enquirer, Columbus Dispatch and 18 other affiliated news organizations across Ohio.
With love for the late Dispatch reporter Jim Siegel, the original budget guru.