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Dear 18th District Resident: On July 4th, our nation celebrated 235 years of independence. I hope you and your family had the opportunity to relax and reflect upon the freedoms and values that make us uniquely American. In Columbus, my colleagues and I recently concluded a process stretching back to mid-March that has resulted in the enactment of a $55.8 billion biennial budget, which successfully filled a $7.7 billion gap without raising taxes. Indeed, the operating budget for Fiscal Years 2012 and 2013 restored the final year of a five-year income tax cut for working Ohioans and placed nearly $247 million in the states rainy-day fund, the first such savings in several years. While this historic budget totaled some 5,000 pages of appropriations and policy, I focused my efforts on a few key items of particular importance to our district. Key among these was significant movement in a positive direction on public school funding from the original budget proposal presented in March. As a result of our work, the final budget ensured that no school district will experience a reduction in state foundation funding below its Fiscal Year 2010 level and districts rated Excellent or higher by the state including all four in the 18th District will receive $17 more per student in each of the next two years. Although we were not successful in restoring all Tangible Personal Property (TPP) tax hold harmless payments, we were able to guarantee a restoration of these phased out revenue payments in Fiscal Year 2014. I am committed to continuing my work this summer with colleagues in a new, bipartisan Suburban Caucus I have formed, as well as the governor and his administration, to develop more permanent solutions to Ohios ongoing, systemic public school funding challenges. I am also pleased that the budget included more robust support for the PASSPORT program, revisions to the initially severe cuts in support for our skilled nursing facilities and funding for a number of other important programs that ensure care for Ohios seniors, disabled and other vulnerable members of our society. If you have any questions or input as the budget is implemented in the coming months or a perspective to offer on any other issue

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please contact me by calling 614-466-4895 or sending an e-mail to district18@ohr.state.oh.us. It is an honor to serve you. Sincerely, State Representative Mike Dovilla Aroundthe18th On June 10, I had the opportunity to participate in a groundbreaking ceremony at Momentive, a Strongsville manufacturing company. The $5.8 million, 6,000-square-foot expansion will allow the firm to increase its production of specialty ceramic powers by 50 percent and add ten new manufacturing jobs to the current 190 employees. Congratulations to the Momentive team on this next step as a strong and growing company in our community. Over the Independence Day weekend, I joined hundreds of fellow Bereans in participating in the annual Grindstone Festival. I was pleased to march in the parade and visit with neighbors from around my hometown. It was gratifying to receive many good wishes from constituents who encouraged us to keep up the good work in Columbus. Thank you, as always, for the warm reception!

AttheStatehouse In seeking the opportunity to serve you in the Ohio House of Representatives, I promised to be an active, policy-oriented legislator who would leverage my professional experience in the private sector, military and government to improve our state. During the first six months of 2011, I have participated actively in the major initiatives we have undertaken, including: creatingJobsOhio, a new economic development entity to attract and retain businesses, spur economic development and create jobs; establishingtheCommonSenseInitiative to review and eliminate burdensome regulations on small businesses our states front-line economic drivers and job creators; and enactingcommonsensecollectivebargainingreforms that level the playing field between taxpayers and the government their hard-earned tax dollars support.

In addition, I have been pursuing an active legislative agenda of my own, and I am pleased to report that my first bill has unanimously passed both chambers of the Ohio General Assembly. On July 13, the House concurred in Senate amendments to House Bill 224, bipartisan legislation I introduced to revise the election law to assist military and overseas voters. The bill will now go to the governor for his signature.

On June 14, I was privileged to welcome The Rev. Dr. Patrick F. Hunt, pastor of Heritage Congregational Church in Berea, to the Statehouse. Rev. Hunt, his wife Linda, and their three children have been friends since my childhood days in the same neighborhood near Parknoll Elementary. It was wonderful opportunity to be able to invite Pat to deliver the invocation for our legislative session and to offer him a tour of the Ohio Statehouse. Rev. Hunt is the third pastor from the 18th District to lead the House of Representatives in prayer during this session. I invite all ministers from churches around our communities to join us in Columbus to participate in this important part of our sessions. UpcomingEvents With the legislature adjourned for the summer, I will be back in the 18th District for the next couple of months, rather than spending three days each week in Columbus. While I have been engaged for the past six months in a mix of legislative activity and constituent outreach, the summer is a time period where I will be focusing on the latter by visiting senior centers, participating in community events and dropping by small businesses. I hope to see you in the near future at one of the following events or elsewhere around the district: July 20: Strongsville Homecoming Parade August 18: Olmsted Falls Heritage Days Parade August 21: North Royalton Homedays Parade For more information on any event or to submit an event for inclusion in a future issue of the 18th District e-Newsletter, please email me at district18@ohr.state.oh.us. Thank you!