Celebrezze Says State Budget Policies Hurt Working Ohioans
Says restrictions revive intent of Senate Bill 5, first step toward a "Right to Work is Wrong" state

COLUMBUS— Today, State Rep. and Assistant Democratic Leader Nicholas J. Celebrezze (D-Parma) stood in opposition to the state’s two-year, $131.6 billion budget proposal, House Bill 64. Democratic members said a bill of that magnitude should have been a strategic and targeted blueprint to grow the state’s economy for the future, but instead became a vehicle for tax cuts that favor the richest one-percent and last-minute attacks on working Ohioans.

The budget includes a measure to prohibit a state agency from requiring a contractor to enter into a project labor agreement and prohibit discrimination toward a contractor for entering into or declining to enter into a project labor agreement. It also limits the ability of community correctional facilities employees to collectively bargain and allows the privatization of Adult Protective Services.

Rep. Celebrezze released the following statement in anticipation of his “no” vote on the budget:

“This is a budget that all members of my party would like to find a way to support. Unfortunately as currently written that is impossible for us. Last week, after not being anywhere in the administration’s proposal or never being discussed in committee hearings leading to the budget we have before us, numerous provisions peppered into this bill that could be characterized as nothing else but a direct attack against working Ohioans.

“Provisions granting the privatization of Adult Protective Services, restrictions on collective bargaining, and prohibiting Project Labor Agreements --the same agreements that protect middle class Ohio jobs.

“These drastic provisions are what I believe to be the first step toward making Ohio a ‘Right to Work is Wrong’ state and they truly are the poison pill to gaining minority support of this budget.

“2,202,404: That is the number of Ohioans that voted ‘No’ on SB5 a mere three years ago. That is 61% of the electorate and the majority of votes in 83 of 88 counties. Ohioans, our constituents, have spoken. They no longer want to see attacks on their rights to collectively bargain; they no longer want to see us try to attack the jobs and their rights in the workplace they hold dear.

“Yet here we are today and the intent of SB 5 is again sitting in front of us.”

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