Leader Strahorn Comments On State Hitting Minimum Benchmark For Minority Contracts
Says minority community still struggles with high poverty and unemployment rates
August 20, 2015
 
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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.


“I am pleased that three decades after the Minority Business Enterprise program was established, Ohio is hitting the minimum benchmark of economic inclusion for minority communities.


“And while today’s news is an encouraging notch on the scale of progress, there is still much work to be done before our minority communities can feel they have equal access to economic opportunity in Ohio.


“Indeed, let us not forget that many African Americans and other minorities continue to struggle in the face of poverty and unemployment. The unfortunate reality remains that the African American unemployment rate is more than double that of their white counterparts, and almost one in every three minorities continue to live in poverty.


“These grim statistics underline the need to pursue public policies that focus on economic equality for all – not just a select few or a numerical threshold.”

 
 
 
  
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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.”