Rep. Lepore-Hagan Comments On House Passage Of Two-year State Budget Bill
Six years of tax-shifting leaves GOP scrambling to fill $800M shortfall

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) released the following statement after the Ohio House today passed House Bill (HB) 49, the two-year state budget, largely along partisan lines:

“Ohio’s current budget crisis proves once again that slashing taxes for the wealthy and failing to invest in our schools, neighborhoods, infrastructure and most importantly our people is an absolute and inevitable formula for disaster. We’ve seen time and time again that trickle-down policies favored by Republicans leaders don’t deliver prosperity across the board, they deliver broken promises, disappointment and despair.

While the richest Ohioans have received billions of dollars in tax breaks that they obviously haven’t used to create jobs in our state, our working families have been forced to vote for local sales and property taxes to pay for the first responders that protect their neighborhoods and the schools that educate their kids. While the richest Ohioans have been cashing tax refund checks that enable them to send their kids to Ivy League schools, our working families have been forced to take out tens of thousands of dollars in student loans so they can send their kids to increasingly expensive state universities to obtain a college degree, which we know is the key to success in the 21st Century.

While the richest Ohioans pay far, far less than their fair share, veterans, seniors and working moms and dads all pay more just to keep their heads above water. There’s something seriously and regrettably wrong in the state of Ohio: We’re regressing, we’re going backwards, we’re losing hope under the weight of policies proven to fail as report after report about the state of our state’s economy rolls in.

It’s time for Ohio to reverse course. We must embrace policies that will enhance the quality of life for all Ohioans and restore opportunities for people in every corner of our state to reach their full potential and seize the American Dream.

Unfortunately, the budget proposed by our rambling, book-promoting governor and out-of-touch Republican leadership is a continuation of a years-long nightmare that must end if we want our state is to grow and prosper in the years ahead.”

House Bill 49 now goes to the Ohio Senate for consideration. The Republican-controlled legislature and Gov. Kasich must approve a balanced budget by June 30 to avoid government shutdown.  

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