COLUMBUS - Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) issued the following statement regarding the House version of the state operating budget: 

“I have said for months that tax cuts should not be a priority when our schools are not adequately funded and our state is facing the worst public health crisis in decades. It appears the House has listened to the cries of their constituents and their communities. But the heroin epidemic is not going to be fixed overnight. We must keep Medicaid expansion and continue increasing investment in our state’s treatment infrastructure in order to make any long-term progress.

"While I appreciate some positive changes that my colleagues in the House made to Governor Kasich’s budget, there are still troubling aspects. I oppose any efforts to quietly slip in major changes to charter school sponsor evaluations. We should be strengthening accountability in charter schools – not weakening them.”

 
 
 
  
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