COLUMBUS — In a $69.8 billion state budget stretching 2,600 pages, there ought to be a little something for all of us, right?
Well, check out these goodies just for you.
If you need a cheap night out: You are getting a 4% state income tax cut, amounting to $25 a year for an individual with a taxable income of $41,000 and $50 annually for a family of four making $73,000. And if you're among "the working poor," you caught a break with elimination of the two lowest tax brackets — meaning those earning less than $21,750 a year will pay no state income taxes.
If you prefer "Glee" to P.E.: Ohio school districts will be permitted to allow students to use show choir — yes, show choir — to fulfill physical education requirements.
If you fish: Annual license fees for an Ohio resident rise to $24, a $6 increase. A one-day license costs $13, up from $10.
If you breed dogs: Expectant female dogs, nursing female dogs and puppies younger than 12 weeks do not need an opportunity to safely go outside when kept by high-volume dog breeders.
If you believe the fallen will be resurrected: Places of worship now are authorized to obtain, and use, naloxone to revive those who overdose on opioids.
If you like a long hike: Another $47 million will be spent to expand state parks, notably buying more reclaimed strip mining land for Jesse Owens State Park and Wildlife Area in Morgan County.
If you get a hankering to launch a live theater production: A new state tax credit is set up just like the current one for movies from $40 million set aside by the state.
If you want to shamrock the vote: The presidential primary in 2020 is one week later than usual on March 17 — St. Patrick's Day. Party responsibly. Vote even more responsibly.
If you want to get rid of lead hazards in a dwelling built before 1978: Applications can be made to the state health department for a nonrefundable income tax credit of up to $10,000; credits are capped statewide at $5 million.
If you hang out in tree stands: Annual resident permits for adults to hunt deer and wild turkey in Ohio now will cost $30, an increase of $7. For youth, though, the increase is only $3.50 for a total annual cost of $15. Out-of-state youth are getting a $59 break for hunting permits and will pay $15 as well, but adults will pay $37 for a wild turkey hunting permit.
If you still want that sales tax exemption for bullion and coins: You’d better hustle faster than Tom Noe after Beanie Babies because it expires in October, saving the state about $3.6 million in fiscal 2020 and $5.6 million in fiscal 2021.
If you want to buy another race track or casino: Get as many as you want; the prohibition against owning more than two horse-racing facilities or more than two casinos was repealed.
If you long for the old Hocking Hills dining lodge: Work to rebuild the state park landmark up the road from Old Man's Cave that was destroyed by fire in late 2016 will begin before the insurance settlement is in hand. Insurance proceeds are to cover more than half the $31 million cost. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2020.
If you hope to make some green from grass: Public accountants won't be subject to professional discipline simply because they provide accounting services to people with medical marijuana licenses.
If you plan to keep slicing $1 off your state income tax liability ($2 for couples) by donating to Ohio political parties: You’re out of luck; lawmakers ended the tax check-off, which amounted to $90,000 a year.
If you are moving to the head of the classroom: The minimum salary for teachers with a bachelor’s degree increases from $20,000 to $30,000 and adjusts other steps in the teacher salary ladder. The average teacher in a traditional Ohio public district makes $58,266.
If you planned to buy a pack of smokes to celebrate becoming an adult: The legal age becomes 21 in mid-October to receive or purchase cigarettes, other tobacco products including vaping, alternative nicotine products, or papers used to roll cigarettes. The state will lose about $23 million a year in sales and cigarette taxes from raising the age to legally use tobacco.
If you work in real estate: Broker and salesperson licenses move from an annual renewal to a three-year cycle. Renewal fees jump from about $180 over three years for a broker to $243; a salesperson would pay $182, up from $135. Application, transfer, reactivation and other fees also will increase.
If you dread tests: The number of end-of-course tests for high school students decreases from seven to five, eliminating exams in geometry and English.
If you crush (and ferment) your own grapes: Small wineries are exempted from the retail food establishment law and their license fees are eliminated.
If you seek a fireworks license: A general moratorium is extended on new fireworks wholesaler and manufacturing licenses to the end of 2020.
If you need college aid, and help finding it: State education officials must create a program, with about $75,000 a year, to give grants to school districts and educational service centers so they can help high school seniors complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
If you like to see athletes go for gold: The budget appropriates $100,000 in each year for the Special Olympics.
If you want to invest in an area designated as an Opportunity Zone: A 10% income tax credit up to $1 million is now available from a state pot of $50 million.
If you provide funerary services: License fees to operate crematories, embalming facilities and funeral homes are increasing by $50.
If you value the most important meal of the day: High-poverty school districts must offer breakfast to all enrolled students during the school day. The program would be phased in over three years. Most of the 1,500-some schools affected already serve breakfast.
If you think both the public and private schools in your area should be protected: Local school boards can put a tax levy on the ballot for school safety and security, and the revenue now can be shared by both types of schools.
If you buy or sell a home, or care about problems with affordable housing and homelessness: The $28 total fee paid for recording a document with the county recorder will increase to $34. That fee is split evenly between the county and the state, with the state portion used for homelessness and affordable housing grants.
If you play hooky (too much): Medical excused absences for school children no longer count against the threshold that triggers a required notice under state law.
If you worry about your doctor keeping up to date: Physicians will only need 50 hours of continuing education — instead of 100 — to renew their licenses every two years.
If you keep an eye on e-schools: Internet- and computer-based community schools are now required to submit reports that include classroom size, student-teacher ratios, the number of student-teacher meetings conducted in-person and on video conference, and other details. The Department of Education also must study a new funding systems for e-schools by the end of 2019.
If you think your area needs a new jail: County commissioners can now seek voter approval for an additional 0.5% sales tax for “constructing, acquiring, equipping, or repairing detention facilities.”
Need classrooms — and fast — for your nonpublic school: The required time for school districts to offer unused buildings for sale or lease to non-public schools is cut from two years to one.
If you need a lift to school: School districts are now barred from cutting off busing for students in the middle of the school year.
If you like waiting in line to vote: The minimum number of poll workers can drop from four to two at multiprecinct locations (and using electronic poll books) by a vote of three of four members of a county board of elections, a move sparked by the increase in early voting.
If you prefer the other school district in your township: Residents of townships straddled by multiple school districts can petition, via a ballot measure, for a transfer of territory to an adjacent district.
If you like affordable prescription drugs: There's going to be a Prescription Drug Transparency and Affordability Advisory Council, which will work on making prescription drugs more affordable and accessible.
If you like puzzles: A $1.50 fee charged by BMV offices to laminate driver's licenses — which have not been laminated in a year — is no more. Registrars now instead will conveniently charge you $1.50 for reviewing your ID documents.
If you want to make or sell a switchblade or gravity knife: Too bad, because a provision that would have made it legal did not make the final budget. Same for a proposal that would have allowed you to carry knives, razors and cutting instruments not used as weapons; that can still be construed as carrying a concealed deadly weapon (unless pending legislation legalizing it is passed).
Dispatch reporters Darrel Rowland, Rick Rouan, Randy Ludlow, Ben Deeter and Catherine Candisky contributed to this report.