Rep. Patterson Votes Against Budget That Prioritizes The Rich And Leaves Middle-Class Families Behind
Partisan budget raises taxes on middle class, denies Ohioans healthcare and continues cuts to public education
June 27, 2013
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COLUMBUS –State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) released the following statement regarding the passage of H.B. 59, the state’s biennium budget:

 “Ohio’s recently passed biennial budget is the largest in our state’s history,” said Rep. Patterson.  “With nearly $62 billion in total spending, it seems ironic that an administration that says it believes in cutting costs is asking the state for more money while establishing a massive tax cut that disproportionately benefits the wealthy.   Conversely, House Democrats proposed a targeted middle class tax cut that would have helped to put more money in the pockets of average Ohioans—but that was rejected.  Meanwhile, schools and local governments—already hobbled by previous cuts—remain in economic distress at a time when we should be investing in them to bring about sustained economic development.”

 “I chose to vote against the proposed budget because I believe it reinforces partisan priorities that favor the rich and hurt the rest of Ohioans,” continued Rep. Patterson.  “Despite multiple Democratic attempts to offer amendments to reinsert Medicaid reform language, Republicans decided to block such efforts, bowing to pressure from the far right.  Medicaid reform would have reduced the number of uninsured Ohioans, and it may have cut back on emergency room visits as a primary source of medical care.  Failing to address Medicaid issues will create budget deficits for hospitals and jeopardize good bond ratings.”

 “Our public schools will continue to struggle as funding was not fully restored to previous levels by this budget.  Meanwhile, public funding for private charter school vouchers has increased.  House Democrats proposed a full restoration of funding for our public schools—and were rejected.   I firmly believe that by continuing to cut education and underfund our local governments, we are short-changing our future, limiting our long-term economic growth and forcing downward pressure on local property taxpayers.”

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