COLUMBUS— Today, State Senator Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland), who was recently appointed as Vice Chair of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Workforce, released the following statement after the Governor announced his plan for the new biennium state budget:
“We’ve all seen this before—once again, the Governor is proposing a budget that puts wealthy Ohioans first while shifting the tax burden onto our middle and low income citizens. And once again, this administration is content with raising the state sales tax to pay for an income tax cut that disproportionately benefits the few.
Specifically, for years now, the working poor and minorities throughout Ohio have struggled to find their way. The promise of jobs and a better economic future from the administration are not reaching them. Continuing to cut school funding reduces opportunities for children to achieve the same educational opportunities as those in affluent communities.  Cuts to local government funding mean fewer police in the community to provide adequate protection.  

The administration should seek to include budget provisions that specifically work to grow black owned minority businesses, fund programs to reduce health disparities for minorities, and create jobs that will help economic growth for African Americans.  

“It’s great to see that the administration is willing to retain the Medicaid expansion program, but the budget proposal falls short in adequately restoring support for many in impoverished communities who need the help the most.
Currently, the Ohio House Finance Committee is conducting hearings on the governor’s budget proposal. The Ohio Senate expects to begin hearings in early spring. The budget must be passed and signed into law by June 30, 2015. 

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