Leader Strahorn Highlights Contrasting Legislative Priorities
Says political rhetoric does not match economic reality for working families in Ohio
April 14, 2016
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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.    

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