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:

“The redistricting plan we voted on today represents hours of negotiation and deliberation, and I supported it with cautious optimism. Though I have concerns this plan will have opportunities to misuse the process for partisan, political gain, I believe it is better than our current system.

“I still feel there is truly a stronger path to fairness, one where district drawing is taken out of politicians’ hands entirely and entrusted to an impartial third party such as the Legislative Service Commission, a randomly selected group of delegates or computer modeling.

“The discussions surrounding redistricting give me hope that we, as a state, have the ability to one day reach agreement on an even better plan, one that only focuses on Ohio voters’ sacred right to fairness in representation.”

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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.”