Ohio state Rep. Erica C. Crawley (D-Columbus) today voted in opposition to the finalized version of the state budget, House Bill (HB) 166. Today’s vote follows more than two weeks of Republican dysfunction and gridlock, which forced lawmakers to pass a short-term funding extension before finally compromising on a long-term deal late Tuesday.


“After two weeks of uncertainty, this budget takes a few steps forward but does not make significant investments in children and continues to benefit the wealthy,” said Crawley. 


Long-held Democratic tax fairness priorities, like lowering the LLC loophole threshold from $250,000 to $100,000, were cut from the final version of the bill. Democrats say the billion-dollar tax giveaway largely benefits the wealthiest Ohioans, and has not delivered on its promise to create more jobs for Ohio workers.


Democrats also opposed Republican changes to:



  • Roll back charter school oversight;

  • Increase funding for controversial Ed Choice vouchers that Dems say hurt Ohio’s public schools;

  • Include additional funds for crisis pregnancy centers;

  • Remove provisions to end the state’s failed school takeovers and restore control to local districts.


The bill now heads to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.

 
 
 
  
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