(July 31, 2018) Thirteen of the last 17 years have been entirely under Republican control in Ohio. During that time, the state worked its way into a $1 billion budget shortfall and we’ve seen local governments getting squeezed tighter and tighter to make up for misguided priorities in Columbus. Ongoing cuts at the state level have caused communities to raise taxes, impose new fees or cut services completely. Over the last six years, the Republican-controlled state legislature repeatedly voted to cut funding for municipal governments, including more than $32 million in House District 6. Rather than focusing on ways to build opportunity, state leadership has steadily chipped away at the economic stability of local communities. I will lead the fight to restore funding to benefit the region and the state.
Statement in response to reports of ongoing budget woes in local communities.