Representative Fred Strahorn - House District 39
 

11.09.17 - House Dems Honor Veterans, Give Thanks On Veterans Day

 

Freedom is never a given. Its pursuit is not always easy. It often demands the sacrifice of those willing to give of themselves for a greater cause. It’s these values that most exemplify our nation’s veterans, many of whom sacrificed so much to secure the freedoms we too often take for granted. 

Veterans Day began as Armistice Day, a holiday marking the one-year anniversary of the end of World War I. It quickly became a celebration of all our veterans who gave of themselves to defend our freedom and way of life. Because of their selflessness and determination, we are able to enjoy many of the freedoms we cherish today.

 
 

10.31.17 - Your Last Chance To Tell Lawmakers What You Think About Fairness And Accountability Playing A Bigger Role At Your Statehouse

 

Take the time to stop by the Ohio Statehouse tomorrow beginning at 6:00 p.m. in Room 313 for the last opportunity to tell lawmakers that rigging the rules against voters is wrong.

We beleive all people should have a voice and that their vote should count in every election. Unfortunately, that's not always the case when legislative districts are rigged against voters with special boundaries that guarantee only one political party can win. 

 

 
 

10.12.17 - House Dems Respond To GOP's Proposed Wage-killing Unemployment Restrictions

 

The Ohio House Democratic Caucus today responded to the newly unveiled GOP unemployment compensation bill that freezes unemployment compensation for ten years, increases unemployment insurance tax rates from .02 to .03 percent for employers, and adds a new ten-percent tax on employees.

“As Americans we believe in getting paid for the work you do. But now, after helping to build our bottom line in Ohio, working people will take home less pay for doing the same job under this legislation,” said House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton). “That’s wrong.”

The legislation also reduces the amount of time a person remains eligible for unemployment insurance by two weeks, from 26 to 24.

“An automatic pay cut is not what most families and people have in mind when I talk to them about the priorities at their statehouse,” added Leader Strahorn. “People are concerned about owning a home, sending kids to school and trying to save what they can to get ahead.”

 
 

09.11.17 - Minority Leader Strahorn Announces $775,000 For University Of Dayton Research Institute To Advance Manufacturing Program

 

House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) today announced the release of $775,000 in state funds for the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program (Ohio MEP) at the “FASTLANE” division of the University of Dayton Research Institute. The release of funding will help Ohio’s small and medium-sized manufacturers increase technological innovation, provide workforce training and improve management practices.

“Ohio MEP supports our local manufacturers and our communities” said Leader Strahorn. “Over the past few decades, manufacturing jobs have been declining, leaving middle-class families high and dry while our jobs are shipped out-of-state and oversees. FASTLANE’s continued success has helped manufacturers take a more innovative approach and train staff, encouraging new ideas and spurring local economic growth. This investment in Montgomery County will help slow the decline of our manufacturing jobs as we find ways to lift our manufacturers up and adapt to an ever-changing economy.”

 
 

09.04.17 - Labor Day: American History In The Making

 

Each Labor Day, Americans celebrate the spirit, ingenuity and immeasurable contributions of our country’s working men and women. From the 40-hour work week to fair wages and safer working conditions, people joining together to speak out with one voice built the largest middle class the world has ever seen. Thanks to the hard work of labor unions and workers’ rights pioneers, millions of Ohioans go to work each day knowing they have a voice and that they will be paid for the work they do.

In Ohio, many elected officials are supporting a bill to roll back a person’s right to speak up together with colleagues who are concerned about dangerous working conditions and employers denying their pay. But Ohio House Dems believe in the middle class, and we believe in America’s enduring values and constitutional guarantees of free speech and the right to assemble.

In times like these, we need to unify and cherish these ideals that made America the strongest nation in the world. Yet, Right to Work is Wrong because it tramples our American beliefs in favor of a new world order where global corporations continue rigging the rules against workers to put the profits of the rich and powerful, elite few over the good of families and the good of our nation.

 
 

08.10.17 - House Democratic Leader Strahorn Responds To Auditor's Request On Overpaid Charter Schools

 

House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) issued the following statement in response to the state auditor’s request that management companies, charter school sponsors and vendors reimburse the state when a charter school itself is overpaid for services that were never rendered, as was the case with a $60 million finding against the failing online charter school, ECOT:

“The state auditor is right to pursue overpayments to any and all parties that wrongly receive tax dollars for services that weren’t provided. The General Assembly should be inspired by the auditor’s appetite for following the money, and elected officials at all levels should look closely at how they may have personally benefitted from the free flow of taxpayer dollars to charter school operators and then to campaign accounts.” 

 
 

07.25.17 - Strahorn Announces $1.7 Million In State Funds To Sinclair Community College For Full Electrical Grid Upgrade

 

Minority Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) today announced the release of $1,791,100 in state funds to Sinclair Community College to help support phase one of a two-phase campus-wide electrical grid replacement project.

“Sinclair Community College is widely recognized as an affordable and innovative education institution in Ohio,” said Strahorn.

Sinclair Community College in Dayton ranks nationally for its academics and offers over 220 programs for their 28,000 students while valuing affordability and small student-to-faculty ratios. 

 
 

07.06.17 - Medicaid Restrictions, Taxes Among Eleven Potential Law Changes From House GOP Veto Showdown With Governor

 

Today, the Republican-controlled Ohio House of Representatives overrode eleven items Governor John Kasich vetoed in the recently passed state budget, House Bill (HB) 49. Under the House’s overrides, Medicaid expansion will have to be reauthorized through the state Controlling Board and new taxes on working people could be put in place as a condition of healthcare coverage – if the Senate takes up the House overrides.

“After six years and almost two-billion dollars in Republican cuts to local communities, it’s our responsibility to take an all-of-the-above strategy to rebuild and restore our economic engines – our local communities,” said House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton). “While Ohio’s economy teeters on the verge of recession, we need to put our communities and local taxpayers in the best position possible to plan for their future and invest in job creation and community development.”

 
 

07.06.17 - GOP Bill To Weaken Concealed Carry Protections Puts Public Safety In The Crosshairs

 

In a political effort to hamstring Ohio House Democratic lawmakers in a pro-gun, anti-gun debate today on the House floor, Republicans brought forward House Bill (HB) 233 for a vote, legislation that allows concealed carry permit holders to knowingly bring guns or deadly weapons into daycares, schools, airports, bars and other restricted spaces, so long as the permit holder leaves when asked to do so. Individuals who refuse to leave or return to the same business while carrying a prohibited weapon within 30 days will be subject to a fourth degree misdemeanor.

“This isn’t just a solution looking for a problem, but it is creating a whole new set of public safety problems by overturning Ohio laws designed to keep us safe and secure,” said House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton). “This will trample private property rights of business owners and create confusion in secure locations like airports, police stations, schools and daycares. As a gun owner and strong second amendment supporter, I think Ohioans deserve to feel safe and secure, free from the fear of intimidation or tragedies this bill could create,” added Strahorn.

 
 

06.30.17 - House Democrats Celebrate Our Country's Values On Independence Day

 

On July 4th 1776, our founders signed a declaration founded in ideals of freedom, fairness and equality. These ideals formed the fabric of our society, together weaving the greatest American ideal: the “American Dream”.

In 2017, the promise of the “American Dream” feels out of reach for many people who are working harder than ever just to get by. As corporations and politicians have shipped good-paying middle-class jobs overseas, owning a home, a reliable car and starting a family has become a pipe dream, especially to our young Americans.

 
 

06.29.17 - Ohio House Dems Urge Kasich To Veto Medicaid Expansion Freeze

 

Ohio House Democratic lawmakers today sent a letter to Governor Kasich urging him to line-item veto the Medicaid expansion freeze in the state operating budget, House Bill (HB) 49, that will end healthcare coverage for over half-a-million people.

“The people of Ohio deserve representatives in Columbus who will stand up and fight for them,” said state Rep. Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron). “Passing the Medicaid expansion freeze and kicking people off of Medicaid is unacceptable, harmful, and cruel and unusual punishment.”

If approved by the federal government, the GOP freeze to Ohio’s Medicaid expansion will phase out medical coverage for over half-a-million Ohioans, leaving families with minimal healthcare options. 

“We need to provide healthcare for Ohio’s families, all of Ohio’s families.” Sykes said. “Without access to healthcare, lives will be lost and costs will rise. Ohio cannot afford to pay for the increased costs that will come by taking away people’s healthcare.”

*Editor’s note: A copy of the letter sent to Gov. Kasich is pasted below. 

 
 

06.28.17 - GOP Workers' Comp Budget Kicks Ladder Out From Under Ohio Firefighters

 

The Ohio House voted today on the Republican-led charge to restrict worker’s access to healthcare and benefits through the state’s $581 million Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) budget bill, House Bill 27.

GOP lawmakers undertook a significant rewrite of what is typically a noncontroversial budget bill to include benefit restrictions on firefighters with cancer. The $581 million measure also cuts in half the amount of time all workers currently have to file a claim, something Democrats say could economically destabilizes thousands of Ohio families.

“The brave men and women who run into burning buildings while everyone else runs away deserve better than new barriers to care when they are seriously injured or get sick on the job,” said House Minority Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton). “Retreating from firefighters who contract cancer from their dangerous line of work and closing the door early on workers seeking treatment for workplace injuries seriously undermines the economic stability of working families across the state.”  

 
 

06.28.17 - State's Fake Budget Built On Broken Economic Outlook, Six Years Of Few Results And Empty Job Promises

 

Amid a more than $1 billion financial shortfall, Ohio’s legislative Republicans pushed state budget negotiations closer to the brink Tuesday and today with eleventh hour horse-trading over a Medicaid lockout and complex money maneuvers, leaving Gov. John Kasich less than 48 hours to review the state budget, House Bill 49, before the start of the new fiscal year.

“While the rest of America is recovering from the global recession, six years of Republican mismanagement have held us back from solving real problems like attracting better-paying jobs, reducing healthcare costs, and strengthening our children’s schools,” said House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton). “Our economy continues to underperform and people at home are feeling it. The state is on a downward spiral to recession.” 

 
 

06.22.17 - House Dems Highlight State's Grim Financial Reality, Dismal Economic Outlook Ahead Of Final Budget Negotiations

 

Before state lawmakers head into conference committee to hammer out the final details of the state biennial budget, House Democratic leaders today questioned whether the legislation adequately addresses the state’s current fiscal crisis that has left Ohio families struggling to make ends meet and communities underwater.

“The Ohio GOP’s misguided tax policy has not created the economic stability, better-paying jobs or real growth that was promised. While the rest of the nation is recovering from the Great Recession, Ohio has been held back,” said House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton). “After six years of being wrong – wrong about a tax policy that favors the wealthy over the middle class, wrong about state revenue numbers for 10 out of 11 months, wrong even about how much needs to be cut to balance the budget – I have no doubt that the same failed approach based on ideology instead of facts will only do more harm to working Ohio families and send our economy deeper into a tailspin.” 

 
 

06.06.17 - Fiscal Uncertainty Intensifies As State Budget Shortfall Deepens

 

As Statehouse Republicans struggle to cut $800 million to balance Ohio’s next two-year budget, preliminary revenue estimates for this May show the state faces greater fiscal uncertainty than initially anticipated. Lawmakers will now have to contend with an additional $67 million less in spending for the current fiscal year. House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) and the lead Democrat on the House’s state budget panel, Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire), issued the following joint statement in response:

“The TV weatherman is right more than Ohio Republicans have been about Ohio’s financial future. Meanwhile, with every month that passes, taxpayers have a front row seat to see how years of deep cuts to schools and communities, tax shifting and tax giveaways for millionaires and billionaires are pushing our economy further out of balance and charting a collision course of uncertainty and failure.”

 
 

05.29.17 - House Democrats Recognize Memorial Day

 

Often in our day-to-day lives, we may forget the sacrifices made by our greatest public servants – the brave and selfless men and women in the Armed Services. 

We owe them a tremendous debt. The freedoms we enjoy are not free, and the price tag is often grim. We know that we can never repay that debt. We can only acknowledge it, and say, “thank you.” 

The celebration of Memorial Day reminds us of this debt we owe to our veterans and current military members, whose selflessness, sacrifice and courage helps keep our nation safe. 

 
 

05.08.17 - Leader Strahorn Announces Nearly $3M To Help Grow And Develop Local Business Startups

 

House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) today announced the release of $2,900,000 in state funds for The Entrepreneurs Center, Inc. (TEC) in Dayton to advance new start-up companies by connecting them with investors, business advisors, legal services, talent recruitment and temporary incubators through the Ohio Third Frontier Entrepreneurial Services Program (ESP).

“Creating good-paying jobs that sustain middle-class families starts with small businesses, and it starts in places like Dayton, Ohio,” said Leader Strahorn. “The fact that the state and public bonds are key to this critical investment, highlights the important role government plays in encouraging targeted growth and innovation in our economy.” 

 
 

05.04.17 - Ohio House Leader Strahorn Issues Statement On US House Passing Trumpcare

 

Ohio House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) released the following statement in response to the Republican passage of Trumpcare in the U.S. House of Representatives by a razor thin margin today:

“Republicans are playing a dangerous game with the health, safety, and economic stability of millions of Americans and almost one-million Ohio families and children. Rolling back the Affordable Care Act takes us backwards to a darker time in our nation, when people who were sick with diseases like diabetes and cancer couldn’t get the lifesaving care they needed without going bankrupt or gambling their family’s financial future. Today’s vote puts more stress on millions of families across America. We can only hope cooler heads prevail, and the Senate does right by the American people instead of a political party.”

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has yet to fully analyze the latest version of Trumpcare, but healthcare experts expect it to be similar to the previous version of the bill, under which 24 million Americans had little or no access to affordable healthcare. Under that version, Ohio also lost some $26 billion in federal healthcare funding, while one out of four Ohioans would have seen reduced healthcare eligibility and services. Costs also skyrocketed for the average Ohio enrollee by nearly $3,000, and by over $5,000 for older Ohio enrollees in 2020. 

 
 

05.03.17 - Unbalanced Budget Disaster Deepens As Current Fiscal Shortfall Climbs

 

Following Tuesday’s House passage of an unbalanced two-year state budget bill, the Kasich Administration today released the latest tax revenues for the current fiscal year, showing Ohio’s stumbling economy resulted in a nearly $160 million shortfall for April 2017 alone.

Ohio’s fiscal shortfall during the course of one year now climbs to negative $1.057 billion under GOP leadership. Today’s revenue returns suggest a serious financial problem for the state now, even before the upcoming state budget is finalized in June.

“Ohioans are looking to their elected leaders in Columbus to confront the greatest challenges facing our state – the opioid addiction crisis claiming thousands of lives each year, an unconstitutional funding model for our public schools, rising infant mortality and falling wages – but the state cannot afford to make meaningful progress to grow the middle class after years of tax-shifting have blown a hole in our fiscal future,” said House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton).

 
 

05.02.17 - Ohio House Pushes Unfinished, Unbalanced State Budget Off On Senate

 

Before new state economic indicators come out Thursday, the Ohio House today passed a version of the state’s two-year budget, House Bill (HB) 49, that remains hundreds of millions of dollars out of balance, if not more. The vote comes a little more than two weeks after Gov. Kasich and GOP legislative leaders announced they would need to cut close to $1 billion from the bill to maintain a stable, balanced budget. Still, the final version of House Bill 49 approved largely along party lines today fell over $400 million short of being a balanced budget bill by that standard. 

“The inability to adequately invest in Ohio’s future due to vanishing revenues is a direct result of six years of failed GOP economic policies that shifted taxes onto local communities and middle-class families,” said House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton). “Republicans promised that tax cuts for the wealthy would deliver a thriving economy and vibrant communities, and yet Ohio has trailed the nation in job growth for fifty-one consecutive months, families bring home less income than the national average, and Ohio leads the nation in opioid overdose deaths. Just hitting the brakes on tax-shifting in this budget is not enough to stop Ohio from falling over the fiscal cliff. We need a real plan that reverses the failed economic policies of the past and focuses the future so the next generation of working people can have economic stability and a clear path to the middle class in our state.”

 
 

04.28.17 - House Democratic Leader, Budget Lead Respond To Changes In House Version Of State Budget

 

Ohio House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) and the Democratic lead on the House budget panel, state Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire), today released the following joint response regarding the House changes to Gov. Kasich’s proposed two-year state operating budget, House Bill 49:

“With the House’s revised budget, we were able to press pause on six years of Republican tax shifting that forces the middle class and working people to pay more for giveaways to the top one-percent. Through public pressure and awareness, we were also able to get Republicans to bring more resources to the statewide fight against heroin and opioids. But the simple fact is, the state is in trouble today because of the GOP’s failed economic policies of the last six years."

 
 

04.11.17 - House Dem Leaders Show Path To Ohio Recession Paved By GOP Economic Policies

 

As the Ohio House of Representatives enters the next stage in state budget deliberations, House Democratic leaders today warned that GOP economic policies are blowing a hole in the Ohio budget and threatening the economic stability of working people and families. 

“During the worst global economic recession since The Great Depression, Republican lawmakers called for the state budget director – at the time, a Democrat – to step down,” said House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton). “In the governor’s own words, Ohio is now on ‘the verge of a recession’. However, we are not demanding pink slips be delivered today. Instead, we believe that state leaders must take steps to recession-proof the state by investing in communities and schools, rather than approving yet another round in tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires.” 

 
 

04.03.17 - With Ohio "on The Verge Of Recession" Dems Hope Kasich Addresses Real State Of The State

 

House Democratic lawmakers today called on Gov. Kasich to address the real state of the state in his annual remarks tomorrow night in Sandusky, arguing that the governor owes 11 million Ohioans an explanation on why the state is on “the verge of a recession” after six years under his leadership. The lawmakers also noted that the governor’s budget failed to adequately address the real state of the economy, education, healthcare and recent drastic state cuts to communities in Ohio.

“The last time the governor addressed the legislature he warned that Ohio was “on the verge of a recession’, but weeks later introduced a budget that doubles down on the tax-shifting policies that have harmed so many working families and brought us to this point,” said House Minority Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton). “Ohioans deserve to hear honest remarks from the governor on his plan to address the economic and other challenges facing our state, because so far his plan just seems to be more of the same.”

 
 

03.30.17 - Advanced Energy Standards Repeal Threatens Jobs, Growth, Stability

 

House Democratic lawmakers today criticized the passage of House Bill (HB) 114, saying legislation that changes the state’s advanced energy standards to unenforceable “goals” will harm consumers and jeopardize thousands of manufacturing and development jobs in Ohio’s advanced energy industry and other industries that increasingly want and rely on advanced energy sources. 

“If Ohio’s economy is on the ‘verge of a recession,’ as the governor has claimed, rolling back state renewable energy standards will threaten future job growth and could harm consumers, workers and the environment,” said House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton). “Advanced energy technologies are helping create the manufacturing jobs of the future, and we would be wise to invest now to become a leader of this emerging industry instead of falling behind the rest of the nation.” 

 
 

03.23.17 - Democratic Leaders Urge Congress To Preserve Affordable Healthcare

 

As the nation marks the seventh anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act today, Ohio House Democratic lawmakers today spoke out against the GOP’s current efforts to decimate the landmark healthcare reform law that has expanded coverage to roughly 20 million Americans and reduced the country’s uninsured rate to an all-time low.

“After seven years of hearing partisan attacks against the Affordable Health Care Act and promises of a better way forward, it’s clear today that the American people have been misled,” said House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton). “Not only does Trumpcare threaten economic growth and increase costs for families, seniors and individuals, but it will have life-or-death consequences, forcing families to choose between paying for medical coverage and keeping a roof over their heads or saving for their future.”

 
 

03.13.17 - TrumpCare's Proposed Damage To Buckeye State Grows

 

With the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimating that 24 million fewer Americans would be able to access healthcare over a decade should TrumpCare be enacted, Ohio House Democratic lawmakers today spoke out against the GOP’s effort to decimate the Affordable Care Act signed by President Obama. 

“Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is not assured to every American if we can’t see a doctor when we’re sick, or if money decides whether or not we receive lifesaving care,” said Minority Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton). “TrumpCare would pull the rug out from under the feet of millions of Americans – including nearly one million Ohioans – who have healthcare coverage under the Affordable Care Act. More adults will die prematurely and more children will suffer.” 

 
 

03.01.17 - Rep. Strahorn: State Transportation Budget Clears Ohio House

 

In a bipartisan 83-13 vote, the Ohio House today approved the proposed budget plans for the Ohio Department of Transportation and several other state agencies. House Bill 26, the $7.8 billion transportation bill, largely funds infrastructure projects and public safety programs over the next two fiscal years.  

“Without paved roads and safe bridges, middle class men and women in Ohio cannot get to work every day and help build a better life for themselves and their families,” said Minority Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Strahorn). “Although I believe more can be done to assist our communities and local transit agencies, this budget is a step in a positive direction toward improving our roadways across the state.” 

 
 

01.30.17 - Leader Strahorn Responds To More Tax Shifting In Proposed Republican State Budget

 

Ohio House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) released the following statement in response to today’s state budget unveiling:  

“Though Governor Kasich has said Ohio is on the verge of a statewide recession, his budget proposal is largely built on the same failed economic ideology that has been holding Ohio back from sharing in the economic growth and stability our nation has experienced since the recession. Tax shifting from the wealthy few to the working and middle class has sidelined Ohio, and predictably failed to bring back middle-class jobs. 

 
 

01.23.17 - Democrats Rollout "Focus On The Future" Agenda Aimed At Next Generation's Economic Stability

 
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Democratic state lawmakers today unveiled an ambitious economic agenda focused on laying a foundation for economic stability and paving a path to the middle class for the next generation of working people in the state

 
 

01.13.17 - Message From Minority Leader Strahorn: Celebrating MLK's Legacy, Today And Tomorrow

 

As Americans reflect today on the impact and legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., it’s important we remember one often understated piece of that historic legacy: the reverend’s resolute advocacy for economic justice.

Dr. King professed that economic opportunity is the foundation on which disenfranchised groups may achieve social and political empowerment. He understood that without a job or an income, a worker “has neither life nor liberty nor the possibility for the pursuit of happiness.”

 
 

12.27.16 - Strahorn Comments On Vetoes Of Energy Standards "goals," Government Shutdown Legislation

 

Ohio House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) today expressed support for vetoes of several bills, including legislation to change the state’s energy efficiency standards to unenforceable “goals” through 2019. Critics say the bill, House Bill 554, would have harmed consumers and jeopardized thousands of manufacturing and development jobs in Ohio’s advanced energy industry. 

“In a state with a proud industrial history, we must embrace the growing advanced energy sector and the manufacturing-based jobs the industry can provide if we want to remain competitive in the 21st century,” said Strahorn. “Ohio’s bipartisan energy efficiency standards have already saved money for families across the state and created jobs for thousands of hardworking Ohioans. I believe extending the energy standards freeze under the guise of unenforceable “goals” would have set Ohio back, and I am pleased that the governor agrees.” 

 
 

12.21.16 - House Democratic Leader Reflects On 2016, Looks To Priorities And Challenges In New General Assembly

 

In what proved to be an unpredictable year for government and politics across the nation, Ohio House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) says his caucus found both challenges and successes in the Buckeye State. 

From helping to stop sweeping unemployment insurance cuts – at the beginning of 2016 and again at the end of legislative session in Dec. – to fighting back against GOP-led, eleventh-hour lawmaking that brought to the governor’s desk government shutdown legislation; sweeping intrusions on a woman’s sovereignty to make her own healthcare decisions; and a toppling of several self-government principles in Ohio, Democratic lawmakers have faced a busy, and at times contentious, legislative session in 2016. 

This year also saw members from both parties come together, something Strahorn believes was productive, to successfully take on issues like medical marijuana, charter-school reforms and infant mortality. That approach, the Leader says, was also helpful in tempering tax shifting proposals, attacks on working people and cuts to school funding. 

“It is easy for a party that controls every aspect of state government to get sidetracked with initiatives that are heavy on politics and light on good public policy, but by keeping communication open and standing up for fundamental American values when they are threatened, we have been effective in influencing legislation and having a credible voice in policy debates,” said Strahorn. 

 
 

12.13.16 - Strahorn Comments On Healthcare Access Decisions In Ohio

 

Ohio House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) today applauded Gov. John Kasich’s veto of House Bill 493, legislation that would ban abortions in the state once a fetal heartbeat is detected, as early as five to six weeks. The House leader also commended today’s Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Decision against the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), effectively keeping the Women’s Med Center of Dayton open. 

“At a time when people feel uncertain about the future of their healthcare, Ohio should be doing everything it can to increase access to care, not limit it with roadblocks that have been found to be unconstitutional,” said Strahorn. “Despite today’s mostly positive news, too many women across our state still face barriers to care and politicians who want to intrude on healthcare decisions best left to women in consultation with their families, faith and physicians.” 

 
 

12.09.16 - Legislature Sends Dangerous State Government Shutdown Bill To Governor

 

In an early Friday morning House session, the Republican-controlled House rubber stamped a sweeping bill that could shut down state government by giving the legislature new power to dissolve executive-branch state agencies. The bill, Senate Bill 329, would force some 25 state agencies every four years to spend extra money and resources to defend against elimination based on a number of factors, including the potential for privatization, and a regulations evaluation against other states. 

“Not only is this sweeping transference of power an extreme and troubling departure from the American democratic foundation of checks and balances, but it puts Ohioans in danger by potentially shutting down essential services overnight,” said House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton). “This would create chaos within our state and could lead to outsourcing primary functions of the state like education, public safety, public health and workers’ compensation. It is nothing more than a power grab under the cover of night and guise of review.” 

 
 

12.08.16 - Strahorn Issues Statement On Passing Of US Sen. John Glenn

 

House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) issued a statement in response to the death today of Ohio astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn. Glenn, 95, was the first American to orbit the earth and later had a successful 25-year span of service as a U.S. Senator from Ohio.

“John Glenn represented what is best about America. He inspired generations with hope, teaching us to reach beyond ourselves for something greater. I was personally inspired to study aviation because of his extraordinary accomplishments in flight. Glenn’s legacy of public service endures in the hearts and minds of Americans who honor his heroism and dedication through their own commitment to our country, to each other, and to the peaceful advancement of humanity.”

 
 

12.07.16 - Columbus Power-grab Set To Clear Legislature, Locals To Lose More Freedom

 

House Democratic lawmakers today voted against Substitute Senate Bill 331, legislation that lets the state grab more power from local communities by overriding local bans on unlicensed puppy mill sales to pet stores and prohibiting local communities from taking up ballot issues on policies like minimum wage and paid family leave.

“As Americans and Ohioans, we hold close the value and right of self-determination. A one-size-fits-all approach from the state just doesn’t work for our local communities.” –House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton)

 
 

12.07.16 - Strahorn: Eleventh-hour Lawmaking Brings Strictest Abortion Ban In The Nation To Kasich's Desk

 

Eleventh-hour lawmaking brought the strictest abortion ban in the nation to Gov. John Kasich’s desk this evening, for his signature into law. With U.S. Senate inaction giving way to a pending U.S. Supreme Court justice appointment from President-elect Donald Trump, Ohio Republicans appear to be counting on a new federal bench to re-litigate the constitutionality of their attacks on women’s health care. But Roe v. Wade is settled law upheld most recently by the Whole Women’s Health decision which overturned undue burdens on women’s access to abortion.

The unprecedented six-week abortion ban was amended into House Bill 493, legislation that strengthens Ohio’s child abuse reporting system. The last-minute amendment comes as the legislature closes out the 131st General Assembly on Thursday.

Here is what House Democratic lawmakers are saying about the six-week abortion ban:

“The six-week ban is a shameful, gross government invasion of deeply personal and private decisions made by families and women in consultation with medical professionals. The role of government should not be one that overrides the sovereignty women have over their own bodies and healthcare decisions. The fact that this unconstitutional ban doesn’t even include an exception for rape or incest is an embarrassment that directly conflicts with our values as Americans.” –House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton)

 
 

12.06.16 - Eleventh-hour Lawmaking Brings Strictest Abortion Ban In The Nation To Kasich's Desk

 

Eleventh-hour lawmaking brought the strictest abortion ban in the nation to Gov. John Kasich’s desk this evening, for his signature into law. With U.S. Senate inaction giving way to a pending U.S. Supreme Court justice appointment from President-elect Donald Trump, Ohio Republicans appear to be counting on a new federal bench to re-litigate the constitutionality of their attacks on women’s health care. But Roe v. Wade is settled law upheld most recently by the Whole Women’s Health decision which overturned undue burdens on women’s access to abortion. 

“The six-week ban is a shameful, gross government invasion of deeply personal and private decisions made by families and women in consultation with medical professionals. The role of government should not be one that overrides the sovereignty women have over their own bodies and healthcare decisions. The fact that this unconstitutional ban doesn’t even include an exception for rape or incest is an embarrassment that directly conflicts with our values as Americans.” –House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) 

 
 

12.06.16 - House Dems: Ohio Legislature Threatens Job Growth With Energy Standards Redo

 

House Democratic lawmakers today criticized the passage of House Bill (HB) 554, saying legislation that changes the state’s energy efficiency standards to unenforceable “goals” through 2019 will harm consumers and jeopardize thousands of manufacturing and development jobs in Ohio’s advanced energy industry. 

“Ohio has a long and proud history as a leader in the industrial economy. However, as globalism expands and corporations ship more blue collar jobs overseas, we must adapt and invest in advanced technologies to pave the path to economic stability for working families, but this bill sets us back.” said House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton). 

 
 

12.01.16 - Strahorn Takes Issue With State's Decision To Close Dayton Women's Health Clinic

 

House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) took issue with the decision today by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) to revoke the operating license for the Women’s Medical Center of Dayton.

“I believe women have the constitutional right to make their own personal healthcare decisions in consultation with their physician and their families,” said Strahorn. “Not only does this decision jeopardize that fundamental freedom and right, but it stands on shaky legal ground by using questionable policies that have been drawn into constitutional question by Ohio courts and the U.S. Supreme Court.”   

 
 

11.28.16 - Leader Strahorn Issues Statement On Violent Attack At Ohio State University

 

House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) today issued the following statement in response to the violent attack at Ohio State’s campus that harmed nine individuals:

“I am deeply saddened by the violent attacks at Ohio State’s main campus today. Now, more than ever, we must support one another as we strive to respond to and comprehend such a tragic and senseless attack.

“No student should have to fear for their safety. Our schools and universities should be safe spaces where students can learn in the classroom and from each other, while growing as individuals and expressing themselves freely. As an elected official, I am committed to ensuring students, faculty, staff and their families feel safe and secure on campus. 

 
 

11.16.16 - House Democratic Caucus Chooses Leadership Team For 132nd General Assembly

 

State Rep. and Caucus Dean Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) today announced the Ohio House Democratic Caucus has selected their new leadership team for the 132nd General Assembly. State Rep. Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) was re-elected to the highest minority leadership position, House Democratic leader, in a caucus-wide vote this evening.

“Words cannot express my level of appreciation and respect for the talent, dedication and work that our leadership team, members and staff have shared with Ohioans over the last two years. We are truly grateful and better because of their efforts,” said Strahorn. “I also would like to thank Rep. Jack Cera for his continued leadership within our caucus. I look forward to growing and developing our caucus over the next two years.”

Rep. Cera will continue to play a key role in the leadership of the caucus, while Leader Strahorn will be joined on leadership by Assistant Democratic Leader Nicholas J. Celebrezze (D-Parma), Democratic Whip Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) and Assistant Democratic Whip Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron).

“Our success will only be possible because of the high caliber members and staff that will dedicate their public service to the pursuit of a stronger Ohio during the next two years. I am humbled by their continued trust and support,” said Celebrezze, who served as assistant leader in the 131st General Assembly.

In addition to Rep. Celebrezze, Rep. Antonio was also re-elected to her respective leadership position.

“I am honored to continue our work together as a caucus, united by the promise of freedom and allied by the fight for equality. We are unified in our belief in our state and our hope for the future,” said Antonio.

The caucus is bringing on state Rep. Emilia Strong Sykes, an Akron lawmaker in her first term, as assistant Democratic whip.

“I feel honored to serve my colleagues, constituents and fellow Ohioans in this leadership position,” said Sykes. “I am eager to work together to show our state that we find strength in our differences and that we realize opportunity and unity from our diversity.”

 
 

06.30.16 - Leader Strahorn Responds To SB 5 Resurrection

 

House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) today issued the statement below regarding the introduction of House Bill 583, legislation to limit the rights of public employees to collectively bargain: 

“Five years ago, Ohio voters overwhelmingly rejected Senate Bill (SB) 5, an attack on working families across the state that would have limited workers’ ability to speak with one voice to negotiate for fair wages and safe workplaces. 

 
 

05.04.16 - House Dems Vote Against Local Hiring Ban, Project Labor Restrictions That Send Ohio Jobs Out Of State

 

Ohio House Democratic legislators today voted against the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 152, saying legislation to ban local hiring standards and restrict project labor agreements (PLAs) for public works projectswill handcuff decision-making authority of local communities and send Ohio jobs out of state.  

“Project labor agreements are a proven tool to ensure fair wages and quality work help complete projects on time and under budget. In addition, PLAs can include local hiring benchmarks that help strengthen the local economy by providing opportunities to workers from the community,” said House Minority Leader Strahorn (D-Dayton). “Undercutting existing laws will negatively affect major construction projects in the future by sewing confusion and destabilizing project bids, budgets and timelines.”  

In 2002, the Ohio Supreme Court struck down state laws prohibiting a public entity from requiring project labor agreements for local projects. Republicans are doubling-down on the attempt to restrict PLAs with an amendment added at the last minute to SB 152 Tuesday morning that will prohibit project labor agreements from being required on any public works projects receiving state funds.

The lawmakers also objected to provisions of SB 152 that prohibit communities from setting local hiring standards on public construction projects. Some Ohio communities use local hiring standards on publicly financed projects as a way to strengthen local workforce participation and, in turn, strengthen local economies. Urban areas typically have higher unemployment rates than the national average, making the decision to hire local even more impactful for improving the job market in urban areas.

“This is a devastating blow to local communities which have already suffered severe funding cuts from the state,” said Rep. Greta Johnson (D-Akron). “We should be encouraging local communities to hire from Ohio’s talented and plentiful workforce – not banning them from using local hiring quotas to combat unemployment and poverty and bring real investment and opportunities to their citizens.”

The Senate rejected House changes to SB 152 this afternoon, sending the bill to conference committee before a final stop at Gov. Kasich’s desk for his signature. 

Here is what Democratic lawmakers are saying about Senate Bill 152:

 

 
 

04.14.16 - Leader Strahorn Highlights Contrasting Legislative Priorities

 

House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) today issued the following statement:

“Despite all the talk about creating a positive business climate that will create jobs and allow working people to pull themselves up by the bootstraps, the reality is that too many Ohio families are struggling under tax shifting policies that benefit the wealthiest Ohioans at the expense of the middle class.  

“Middle-income families in Ohio bring home $4,000 less than the average middle-income family in America, while 20 percent of Ohio children are living in poverty – that’s more now than during the great recession.

“Meanwhile, Ohio has the 22nd highest unemployment rate in the nation and we are 22nd in the nation for private sector job growth and 27th during the last year.

“Communities are struggling with crumbling roads and bridges, underfunded public schools and state budget cuts that force towns and villages to cut essential services like police and fire.

“Repeating the same tired policies from 2005 that cut taxes for the wealthiest Ohioans and hope that wealth magically trickles down will not chart a better path for our state.

“I believe that the legislature has the ability to improve the lives of everyday Ohioans by passing legislation that provides economic stability for working people and paves a clear path to the middle class for the next generation of Ohioans.

“Only by valuing work, putting family first through policies like paid family leave and reinvesting in our communities and infrastructure can we help build a brighter future for the next generation of Ohioans.”

In January, Democratic leaders of the House and Senate announced their “Focus on The Future” agenda; an eight-bill package Democrats say will ensure economic stability for the next generation of working people in Ohio.    

 
 

04.06.16 - Real State Of The State For Ohioans Much Different From Kasich's Rosy Claims

 

House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) today reacted to Governor’s Kasich’s State of the State address, saying that the reality on the ground for working people does not match the rosy picture painted by the governor Wednesday night in Marietta. The Dayton lawmaker noted that the governor especially failed to address the real state of education, the economy, healthcare and drastic state cuts to communities in Ohio. 

 
 

03.31.16 - Leader Strahorn Comments On Five-year Anniversary Of SB 5 Signing

 

House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) today issued the statement below to mark the five-year anniversary of Gov. Kasich signing Senate Bill (SB) 5, legislation to strip public employees of the right to collectively bargain for fair wages and safe workplaces:

 
 

03.29.16 - Strahorn Applauds Outcome Of Friedrichs SCOTUS Case

 

House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) today applauded the outcome of the U.S. Supreme Court case Friedrichs vs. California, which challenged fair share fees for public non-union employees who benefit from collective bargaining negotiations that increase wages and bring better benefits and safety protections to the workplace. The court split 4-4, effectively preserving precedent requiring public employees to pay fair share fees for benefits associated with union representation.

 
 

03.01.16 - Leader Strahorn Issues Statement On Loss Of Religious, Community Leader

 

House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) today issued the following statement in response to the tragic shooting death of Reverend William B. Schooler: 

“I am saddened to hear of the loss of Reverend Schooler to such tragic and senseless violence. He was a friend, a spiritual leader, and a respected public servant who cared as deeply for his community as the community cared for him.

 
 

02.23.16 - Leader Fred Strahorn Issues Statement On Kasich Signing Planned Parenthood-defund Legislation

 

House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) today issued the following statement in response to Gov. Kasich signing House Bill 294, legislation defunding Planned Parenthood and groups that contract with the organization: 

“The vast majority of Ohioans support Planned Parenthood because they know it opens the doors to healthcare for underserved populations that have trouble accessing comprehensive healthcare services like cancer screenings and domestic violence prevention initiatives. From low-income urban centers to remote rural communities, Ohioans from all walks of life turn to Planned Parenthood in times of medical need.” 

 
 

02.08.16 - State Approves $1.5M For UD Research Institute's New Compressed Gas Technology Manufacturing Center

 

House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) today announced the release of $1.5 million in state funding set aside for technology investments to the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) for a new Compressed Gas Storage and Manufacturing Technology Center. In the first five years of operation, the new center is expected to help create some 1,000 new jobs by leading the development of affordable compressed-gas fuel tanks for the automotive and trucking industries.

 
 

12.01.15 - Democratic Leader Pans Republican Push For Anti-worker Laws

 

House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) today spoke out against anti-worker restrictions the Republican-controlled Ohio legislature continues to push this year. The latest attack on working families, Republican Tom Brinkman’s right to work” legislation – House Bill 377, would effectively weaken collective bargaining rights in the state by outlawing what are known as fair share fees, or costs stemming from the collective bargaining process that typically brings higher wages and better benefits for all employees, union and non-union alike. A Republican-led panel will consider Brinkman’s bill later this afternoon.

“So-called right to work restrictions do not create jobs – instead, they start a race to the bottom, lowering the quality of life for families by making people and communities poorer and workers less safe,” said Leader Strahorn. “Workers in right to work for less states take home less pay, face higher poverty and infant mortality rates, and are more likely to die on the job. There is a reason workers in Ohio are not lining up in support of right to work: because they know right to work is wrong. It is wrong for working families and it is wrong for our state.”

National studies show that workers in states with right to work for less restrictions have a 36 percent higher chance of dying on the job and are stuck in more low-wage occupations than workers in free-bargaining states like Ohio. The Economic Policy Institute calculates that workers in states with right to work restrictions earn $1,540 less a year, while U.S. Census Bureau data shows that median family income is at least $6,000 less compared to other states.

A study by The National Education Association also reveals that these same right to work for less states invest some $3,000 less per-pupil for public education than their free-bargaining counterparts. Children and families in right to work for less states are also more likely to lack health care coverage, especially through work, according to The Kaiser Family Foundation.

The House panel’s consideration of HB 377 comes while the House also considers legislation that would hurt unemployed Ohio workers by gutting unemployment compensation benefits. This week, the House is expected hold additional hearings on HB 394, Republican legislation that would reduce employer payments into the unemployment compensation fund by slashing benefit weeks for employees from 26 to as few as 12 while reducing benefits for unemployed workers with children. The bill would also slash unemployment payments for workers that collect Social Security benefits.

“This is an unbalanced approach that shifts the responsibility of unemployment security even further away from businesses onto the backs of workers,” said Leader Strahorn. “While Ohio corporations will continue to enjoy paying less into the system compared to the national average, Ohio workers will struggle to pay their bills, put food on their tables and stay in their homes because of these cuts.”

House Bill 394 will also do away with the Unemployment Compensation Advisory Council, a body that traditionally has brought businesses and unions together to negotiate a balanced approach toward making Ohio’s unemployment compensation fund solvent.

“The growing number of attacks on working people in Ohio is not a step on the path to prosperity,” Strahorn added. “It makes it more difficult for people in Norwalk or Marietta to go to bed at night knowing their hard work will pay off and that their family will grow stronger through the broad-based economic opportunity that built our nation and made it great.”

 
 

12.01.15 - Ohio House Democratic Leader Pans Republican Push For Anti-worker Laws

 

House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) today spoke out against anti-worker restrictions the Republican-controlled Ohio legislature continues to push this year. The latest attack on working families, Republican Tom Brinkman’s right to work” legislation – House Bill 377, would effectively weaken collective bargaining rights in the state by outlawing what are known as fair share fees, or costs stemming from the collective bargaining process that typically brings higher wages and better benefits for all employees, union and non-union alike. A Republican-led panel will consider Brinkman’s bill later this afternoon.

 
 

10.20.15 - Leader Strahorn, Dem Lawmakers Push Back Against Proposed Restrictions That Defund, Limit Women's Access To Healthcare

 

Democratic state lawmakers and healthcare advocates took to the Ohio Statehouse steps this evening to push back against proposed restrictions that would defund and limit women’s access to healthcare in the Buckeye State. The event also drew hundreds of activists and supporters who donned pink glow-stick necklaces as a sign of solidarity.

 
 

09.23.15 - Leader Strahorn Issues Statement On Selection Of Wright State For First Presidential Debate

 

House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) issued the following statement in response to the announcement of Wright State University as the location for the first U.S. presidential debate:

“It is only fitting that Ohio, the quintessential swing state, will host the first presidential debate of 2016. I thank the Commission on Presidential Debates for choosing Ohio, and I have no doubt Wright State University is the right choice to represent the values of the Buckeye State and the hardworking folks who call her home.”

 
 

08.26.15 - Leader Strahorn Applauds Dayton's Groundbreaking Paid Parental Leave Policy

 

House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) today issued the following statement in response to the City of Dayton’s announcement of the first-ever, paid parental leave policy:

 
 

08.20.15 - Leader Strahorn Comments On State Hitting Minimum Benchmark For Minority Contracts

 

House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) today issued the statement below in response to the news that the state has purchased a record 19 percent of eligible goods and services through minority-owned businesses this year. Ohio’s Minority Business Enterprise program, established in 1980, requires state agencies to make some of their annual purchases for goods and services with certified minority-owned businesses.

 
 

08.05.15 - Strahorn Commemorates 50th Anniversary Of Voting Rights Act

 

Democratic legislators in both the House and Senate today announced resolutions commemorating the 50th anniversary of the federal Voting Rights Act. Passed in 1965 and signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, the Voting Rights Act was a historic piece of civil rights legislation that guaranteed all Americans – regardless of race – the constitutional right to vote without unfair barriers. The honorary resolutions will be introduced by Reps. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) and Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) in the House and Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and Senator Charleta Tavares (D-Columbus) in the Senate. 

House Minority Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) released the following statement regarding the anniversary of the Voting Rights Act: 

“The passage of the Voting Rights Act was an important step in the ongoing struggle for true democratic equality in the United States. We must not forget the heroes of the civil rights movement who dedicated themselves to this struggle and the gains they achieved. But the struggle isn’t over. We must be vigilant against every assault that seeks to reduce access to the ballot box.”

 
 

07.20.15 - Top Democratic Lawmakers Call On State Board Of Education To Remove Superintendent

 

Top democratic lawmakers in both the House and Senate today called on the State Board of Education to dismiss Superintendent Dick Ross, citing the recent scandal involving the cover up of failing charter school grades in state evaluations, the plan to takeover the Youngstown public schools crafted behind closed doors, and general lack of accountability to the State Board of Education and the public. 

 
 

06.24.15 - Leader Strahorn Issues Statement On Fast-track Takeover Of Youngstown City Schools

 

House Democratic Minority Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) issued the following statement regarding last-minute legislative approval of the governor’s proposal to restructure the Youngstown City School system which was included in House Bill 70, a bill originally designed to make Community Learning Centers an official state education model: 

 
 

05.22.15 - Leader Strahorn Comments On Governor Toppling Workers' Collective Bargaining Rights

 

House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) today issued the statement below in response to Gov. Kasich’s plan to kill collective bargaining for workers who help Ohio’s elderly, disabled citizens and children.

 
 

05.21.15 - Democratic Lawmakers Take Part In Ceremony Honoring Ohio's Fallen Soldiers

 

State lawmakers today held a joint session of the Ohio House and Senate to honor military members and their families at the annual Ohio Military Medal of Distinction Ceremony and Wreath Laying at the Ohio Statehouse. This year’s ceremony posthumously honors six servicemen from across Ohio who gave their lives in service of their country. The annual ceremony is held in celebration of Memorial Day and honors the courage, dedication and sacrifice of Ohio’s service members.

“It is a tremendous honor to take part in paying tribute to the brave soldiers who gave their lives defending our freedom,” said Columbus Rep. Hearcel Craig, the top Democratic member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee. “This ceremony sends an important message to service members everywhere that we are forever grateful for their valor, courage and service to our state and nation. Elected officials must also use this observance to further our sense of duty to fight for good-paying jobs and access to healthcare services for our returning soldiers.”

The Ohio Military Medal of Distinction was created in 2009 to honor fallen service members killed after Sept. 10, 2001, while fighting in combat zones or engaging in U.S. military operations. Both chambers of the Ohio legislature meet annually to recognize these individuals and their families and to pay tribute to their ultimate sacrifice.

“Throughout our nation’s history of defending freedom and fighting tyranny and injustice, Ohioans have always answered the call to serve their country and state,” said Democratic House Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton). “Their service and sacrifice is a reminder to us all that we owe our brave men and women so much more than what can be offered through a ceremony or special recognition. That is why we must continue fighting for our men and women in uniform to have the opportunity for a better life when they return home. We must heed the call to fully live up to the promise of the American Dream by creating a framework for good-paying jobs and access to a quality education and world-class health care.” 

 
 

05.15.15 - Strahorn Brings In Alternative Fuels Experts To Meet With Local Governments

 

State Representative Fred Stahorn (D-Dayton) met today with a group of local government officials to discuss interest in alternative fueled vehicles.  Also attending the meeting was a representative from Clean Fuels Ohio, a statewide non-profit that works exclusively with alternative transportation fuel. 

The purpose of the meeting was to have Clean Fuels Ohio present the business case for alternative fueled vehicles and describe potential funding sources.  Jason Phillips, Policy Director, attended the meeting on behalf of Clean Fuels Ohio.  According to Phillips, because the price of alternative fuels are usually lower than traditional fuels, the return on the investment is usually around 3-5 years depending on how much fuel the vehicle uses.  Representative Strahorn has been a proponent of alternative fuels for businesses and has voted in support of legislation offering financial incentives for businesses converting to compressed natural gas (CNG) and propane.

 
 

03.27.15 - House Democratic Caucus Asks Kasich To Veto Student-voting Barrier In Transportation Budget

 

The Ohio House Democratic Caucus today sent a letter to Gov. John Kasich asking him to veto a provision in the state’s transportation budget that would make it harder for students to vote in Ohio.

The provision will require anyone who registers to vote in Ohio to surrender their driver’s license if it is from another state, obtain an Ohio driver’s license and register their vehicle with the state. Failure to do so within 30 days results in a criminal offense.

Students and lawmakers have estimated that this imposes a cost of about $75 to $100 for out-of-state American students to vote for local issues and candidates that carry quality of life consequences for students and the communities in which they live.

 
 

03.10.15 - Leader Strahorn Comments On "State Of Poverty"

 

The Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies recently released its “State of Poverty” report, which shows 1.8 million Ohioans, or 16 percent, living in poverty and nearly half of Ohio households living paycheck to paycheck. Ohio’s children and young adults are more likely to be living in poverty, with rates above 20 percent.

House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) issued the following statement in response to the report:

“The bitter truth is that prosperity in our state hasn’t been broad enough, leaving too many Ohioans living in poverty. Our state continues a troubling and dangerous ten-year trend, during which poverty in Ohio has continued to top national rates. Though some Ohioans are better off today than they were ten years ago, the opportunity for a higher quality of life has yet to reach almost two million Ohioans. Our economic approach needs to better reflect this reality with policies that strengthen Ohio’s families through fair tax policies, access to healthcare, good-paying middle class jobs and an affordable, world-class education system.”

 
 

02.25.15 - What Democratic Lawmakers Are Saying About The State Of The State

 

Tuesday night, House lawmakers listened to Governor Kasich lay out his priorities and recap some past policies during his State of the State address in Wilmington.Here is what House lawmakers are saying about the Governor’s State of the State address:

"The trickle-down economic policies that the Governor proposes shift the responsibility of paying for schools, roads and bridges and community services to middle-class families and those that can least afford it. This kind of tax shifting does not create economic growth…We need to invest in what matters to every day Ohioans." – Rep. Denise Driehaus (D-Cincinnati)

“What his proposals actually do is shift the costs of running our state to the poor and middle class in order to provide yet another upper class tax cut, which as yet hasn't provided the growth in both jobs and income that we desperately need...” – Rep. Dan Ramos (D-Lorain)

“At this critical juncture, we must invest in Ohio's students and infrastructure in order to fully ramp up our employment capabilities as we prepare for global economic challenges. This budget makes it even more difficult to effectively educate our students.” – Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson)

“This [budget] proposal is a continuation of the ever increasing burden being placed on our local communities to provide the services their citizens expect with less and less support from the State, which inevitably leads to rising tax rates at the local level.”   -- Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake)

“The Governor's remarks this evening were out of touch with the realities of everyday Ohioans. With 16 percent of Ohioans living in poverty and middle class families' wages stagnating, Governor Kasich wants to shift the burden of restoring our state's economy on to the shoulders of those struggling to make ends meet by raising the sales tax.” – Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent)

 
 

12.05.14 - Rep. Strahorn Cautiously Optimistic On Redistricting Reform

 

State Rep. and Democratic Leader-elect Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) issued the following statement Thursday in response to the Ohio House’s passage of House Joint Resolution No. 12, a plan that would ask voters to approve changes to the constitution that would alter the way the state draws 132 state legislative districts:

 
 

11.21.14 - Rep. Strahorn Comments On October Job Numbers

 

New state jobs numbers today show Ohio’s unemployment rate ticked down over the last month, though the state only added 1,000 jobs in October. Ohio is some 110,000 jobs short of pre-recession job levels, not accounting for population growth over the same period. State Rep. and Democratic Leader-elect Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) issued the following statement in response to the report:

“It is good to see the unemployment rate tick down, but our state only added 1,000 jobs last month. It is clear we have not even scratched the surface of a full recovery in Ohio. We are still 110,000 jobs behind 2007 employment, and with population growth, the significance of our job deficit is even more staggering.

“We have to make sure we are not just looking at the number of jobs, but also the quality of jobs. We must remain committed to investing in the industries of the future and the education of workers for those jobs. Ohioans need quality jobs that help families plan for the future, send their kids to college and improve their quality of life. In the next General Assembly, this will be our focus.” 

 
 

11.18.14 - Rep. Fred Strahorn Named House Democratic Leader

 

State Rep. Ronald V. Gerberry (D-Austintown), the Dean of the Ohio House Democratic Caucus, today announced the caucus has selected their new leadership team for the 131st General Assembly. State Rep. Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) was elected to the highest minority leadership position, House Democratic Leader, in a vote this evening.

Rounding out the Democratic leadership team will be Rep. Nicholas J. Celebrezze (D-Parma) serving as Assistant Democratic Leader; Rep. Kevin Boyce (D-Columbus), Democratic Whip; and Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood), Assistant Democratic Whip.

“I am honored to have the support of my colleagues and constituents as we prepare for the challenges and opportunities our state faces,” said Rep. Strahorn. “In this time of rebuilding and growth, I look forward to working hard, hand in hand to improve the State of Ohio. Whether it’s the fight for good-paying jobs or investments in education, Ohioans need government that works for everyone, and we get that.”

Leader-Elect Strahorn returns to a leadership position in the House, having previously served as House Democratic Whip in the 127th General Assembly. Strahorn, now serving his second consecutive term, was initially elected to the House in 2000 after serving as an aide in the state legislature. Following four terms as a House lawmaker, Strahorn served in the Ohio Senate for two years, completing the term of Sen. Tom Roberts.

Along with his experience in public service, Strahorn has worked in real estate, government affairs and as a political advisor in Democratic politics.

The leadership team and incoming legislators are expected to be sworn in during the first week of January at the Ohio Statehouse.

 
 

09.19.14 - State Rep. Strahorn: Jobs Numbers Call For Commitment To Education

 

The state jobs report released today showed that the number of unemployed Ohioans grew to 324,000 people, an increase of 1,000 from last month. The unemployment rate remained unchanged, while the state created 200 jobs. In response, State Representative and House Education Committee member Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) released the following statement:

“This month’s jobs numbers reflect an economy that remains stuck in neutral. While the Governor continues to rely on his so-called economic development agency, the results continue to disappoint. Instead, the state must reverse the historic cuts made to local schools and invest more time and money into establishing an educated workforce. Educational attainment is crucial to putting Ohio’s economy back on track, and Ohio’s workforce will never flourish if we maintain our status as one of the least-educated states in the nation.”

 
 

05.29.14 - Rep. Strahorn: Energy Freeze Jeopardizes Economic Investment, Costs Consumers

 

On Wednesday, State Rep. Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) voted against Senate Bill 310, legislation to suspend Ohio’s—by most accounts, successful—advanced energy standards. The bill makes Ohio the first state to reverse Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) by eliminating targets for advanced energy and freezing targets for renewable energy.

 
 

10.21.13 - Rep. Strahorn Applauds Approval For Medicaid Expansion

 

State Rep. Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) applauded the state Controlling Board’s approval of funding for Medicaid expansion in Ohio today. The move to expand Medicaid to 138% of the federal poverty level is a fundamental component of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. The decision of the panel follows the GOP-controlled legislature’s 10 months of inaction and nine false, self-imposed deadlines. 

 
 

06.12.13 - Rep. Strahorn Advocates For Part-time Faculty Collective Bargaining Rights

 

State Rep. Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) urged lawmakers on Tuesday to approve his legislation, House Bill 96, which would include part-time college faculty in the collective bargaining process at Ohio’s colleges and universities. Currently, part-time faculty and graduate assistants are not covered by Ohio’s Public Employee Collective Bargaining Law.

“Too many faculty members at our colleges and universities have no job security, or the promise of decent benefits and fair compensation,” Rep. Strahorn said. “Statistically, these employees account for about 52 percent of the workforce at our community colleges, regional and main university campuses, but their wages and conditions don’t reflect this reality. We need to add an element of fairness for those that do so much to educate our state’s future leaders and innovators.”