Senator Tavares Votes NO On State Budget
Stands up for seniors, women, children and local governments

COLUMBUS– Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D – Columbus) voted against the state biennial budget today because it continues to favor the wealthiest Ohioans while seniors, the poor and the working class continue to struggle. Senator Tavares offered an amendment on the floor that would have restored the homestead exemption and property tax rollback on local levies. The amendment would have also made Ohio’s current earned income tax credit fully refundable and uncapped. The amendment was tabled along party lines.

“This budget is dead set on creating winners and losers” said Senator Tavares. “Hard working lower income families are not able to benefit from a fully refundable earned income tax credit which is one of our most effective tools in fighting poverty, yet we keep offering tax breaks to businesses and continue to slash the personal income tax rate disproportionately helping those at the top. Our senior citizens are seeing their already limited income vanish while our homeowners are forced to pay more to support local levies. This type of poor economic policy will only serve to increase the burden on the middle and economically disadvantaged Ohioans.”

Senator Tavares also offered an amendment to require the Ohio Department of Transportation to submit a quarterly report to the leaders in the Ohio General Assembly detailing their compliance with the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and the Encouraging Diversity, Growth, and Equity (EDGE) Programs. Currently the Ohio Department of Transportation is in danger of losing $1.9 billion dollars in federal highway funds because they have failed to comply with federal regulations regarding Disadvantaged Business Enterprises or DBE’s.

“We should be doing all that we can to support our minority businesses and contractors. Instead we find that our Department of Transportation has been negligent in their duties which could cost the state close to $2 billion dollars. I’m glad the Ohio General Assembly took a stand and let our minority businesses and contractors know that we are committed to ensuring that they have economic opportunities and contracts awarded to them”, stated Senator Tavares.

“As a whole, the operating budget fails to address the needs of our most vulnerable populations. The poor and working class pay taxes like everyone else yet instead of using their tax dollars to fund targeted programs to assist them, we keep doing whatever we can to ensure the rich become richer. We need to put our money where our rhetoric is; it is time for Ohio to focus on children, lifting people up, and investing in communities. This budget neglects to protect our children and older adults. The budget also continues the General Assembly’s attack on women’s reproductive health and gives short shrift to funding our communities and reducing Ohio’s abysmal infant mortality rate”, concluded Senator Tavares. 

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