Columbus—Today, Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights) and Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, spoke out after the Ohio Senate released its version of the state budget (HB 49).  The Senate plan calls for more than $1 billion in cuts to erase a growing deficit and does nothing to correct misguided GOP tax policies.

“Instead of taking a balanced approach to erasing the budget deficit, Senate Republicans decided to cut their way out of the problem,” said Senator Yuko.  “Investing in vital services should be a higher priority than protecting tax breaks for wealthy Ohioans and business investors. More budget cuts will be devastating to our citizens and communities.” 

The Senate Finance Committee released a substitute version of the state budget this afternoon.  Further amendments will be submitted before the Senate votes on the budget bill next week. 

“We believe every Ohioan deserves a fair shot in life. But this budget falls short of that goal,” said Senator Skindell.  “It picks winners and losers and puts a greater burden on local governments to provide services like police and fire protection without adequate support from the state.”

 
 
 
  
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