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Craig Condemns Senate Budget

June 15, 2023
Hearcel F. Craig News

Today, state Senator Hearcel F. Craig (D-Columbus) issued the following statement after the Ohio Senate voted to pass their version of House Bill 33, the state operating budget.

“We have a responsibility to create a budget that properly serves all 11.7 million people in Ohio—one that serves all taxpayers, including business owners, the wealthy, the middle income, the marginalized and the vulnerable," said Craig. "There are real concerns that this proposed version of the budget does not do that. Instead, it removes key investments in our families and children to create tax cuts that do not serve all Ohioans.”

As passed by the Senate, House Bill 33 expands vouchers, slashes funding for social services, and cuts taxes in a way that disproportionately and unfairly benefits Ohio’s wealthiest residents. Additionally, it contains a number of controversial policy provisions, including:

  • Senate Bill 1, which would transfer almost all the powers of the state Board of Education, comprised primarily of elected members, to a new executive agency;
  • Senate Bills 83 and 117, which would dictate what may be taught in Ohio’s institutions of higher education and infringe on the collective bargaining rights of their faculty; and
  • Senate Bill 21, which would allow the Senate President and House Speaker to hire outside legal counsel for whatever reason at any cost.

House Bill 33 now heads to the Ohio House. If the House does not concur with the Senate’s changes, the bill will go to the conference committee.