COLUMBUS– Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D – Columbus) voted against the budget today because it is short on actions that will address the health and well-being of all Ohioans; especially racial and ethnic populations.

“This budget does not support growing jobs and investing in people. Our residents will not be ready to learn or ready to earn under this budget.

“We have this historic moment in time to expand health care to those who need it the most; those below 138% of the federal poverty line, to veterans, to single adults and we threw it away.

“For a family of three with an income of $26,951, health insurance will be covered. Over 25,000 uninsured veterans and over 12,000 family members of veterans would gain coverage if we expanded Medicaid. It is estimated that over 200,000 people will become eligible for health insurance if Medicaid is expanded.

“This budget does not focus on addressing the needs of women, seniors, children, nor racial and ethnic populations. We are always being told to wait another two years, but the time is now to address these issues. We can no longer kick the can down the road.

“Infants, children and adults are dying due to the inaction, disregard and lack of prioritizing the needs versus the wants of individuals and businesses. We can and should show through our actions that people, all people matter but we did not.”

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