Columbus—Today, Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) voted against the conference report for the State Transportation Budget (Amended Substitute House bill 26) along with her Ohio House colleague Representative Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati). Senator Tavares released the following statement:
 
“When the transportation budget went to the Senate floor I urged my colleagues to vote in favor of it because, despite some of its flaws, it represented a bi-partisan effort to help with the transportation needs of Ohioans. What is in the conference report however takes the good things that were in the Senate version of the bill and gets rid of them. By removing the provision that would increase revenue to the Local Transportation Improvement Fund, we are failing once again to assist local governments.

"Most egregiously, we are eliminating an additional $15million dollars a year to help fund public transit. My caucus made public transit funding one of our top priorities and it is unfortunate to see our handwork and effort discarded. I could have been a strong supporter of the conference report had some of the senate changes stayed in, but as the transportation budget stands now it is too costly for consumers and does too little for our local governments."


Senator Tavares is proud to represent the 15th District which includes the historic neighborhoods of Columbus, the cities of Bexley and Grandview Heights. She also serves as the Assistant Senate Democratic Leader.

 
 
 
  
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