18:00 PM

Statement from Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee on state budget

"I applaud Governor Kasich, House Speaker Batchelder, and Senate President Niehaus for their strong leadership in advancing a responsible budget that directly addresses the financial circumstances of the day. In these challenging times, I am especially grateful for the support that state leaders have given to higher education. While many states have proposed remedying their budget shortfalls, in part, through severe cuts to higher education, Ohio's public colleges and universities continue to receive strong, bi-partisan support from the governor and our legislative leaders.

"I am particularly grateful that this budget will modernize the laws governing public construction in Ohio, a reform that higher education has been seeking for years. Governor Kasich's construction reform proposal frees the University from outdated rules and practices that produce nothing more than inefficiency. As a result, we will achieve significant cost- and time-savings on every building project we undertake.

"Ohio's leaders have recognized that the education and research occurring here at The Ohio State University are the catalyst for our state's long-term growth and leadership in the global economy. This budget reflects Ohio's commitment to invest in what matters most in today's entrepreneurial and knowledge marketplace. Further, it assures that Ohio State is positioned to attract and retain the best and brightest students, faculty, and staff, who leverage the University as a locus of innovation, learning, discovery, and economic development."