COLUMBUS, OH—Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) released the following statement after the introduction of the Senate version of the state budget (HB 64):

“The Senate has made some positive changes to the state budget, including more funding for higher education and police training, but overall it has taken several steps in the wrong direction.  Instead of investing in our children’s future, the Senate cut education funding by almost $65 million as compared to the budget bill that passed the House of Representatives.  The Senate’s plan shifts funding from some urban high poverty districts to wealthier schools and that means fewer state dollars for children who attend many of Ohio’s largest school districts.

“The proposed budget also fails to adequately invest in Ohio’s communities after years of budget cuts. A new Senate proposal would shift scarce resources from municipalities to townships instead of making the needed investments to help communities maintain vital services, attract new businesses and ensure a high quality of life.  This local government revenue shifting is the wrong approach and fails to address the fundamental problem facing communities across the state.

“It is also disappointing that the Senate failed to remove anti-worker provisions that infringe on collective bargaining rights and put good middle class jobs at risk.  As the budget process continues, Senate Democrats will continue to stand up for Ohio’s families and communities to ensure everyone has the opportunity for a better future.”

 
 
 
  
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