This general assembly has the good fortune of budgeting in a time of surplus. Smart federal policy drove cash to people and businesses so when the worst of covid passed, the economy could rebound. The federal government has also sent crisis dollars to states, propping up potential shortfalls and funding major investments in many areas of public life—like schools, roads. This recovery is in sharp contrast to the tide of government spending cuts that made Ohio’s recovery from the Great Recession such a long slog. Given the context of temporary surplus lawmakers should prioritize enacting a state budget that creates long-term shared prosperity.