State Rep. Antonio Votes Against Budget That Prioritizes Special Interests
Partisan budget limits access to women's healthcare, raises taxes on middle class, and continues cuts to public education
 
 

COLUMBUS- The Ohio House of Representatives voted this afternoon to approve the state’s two year operating budget, Sub. HB 59. The budget puts millionaires first, while raising taxes on the middle class and continuing to hurt our schools and communities. The final budget fails to address Medicaid expansion for hundreds of thousands of working poor throughout Ohio and further limits women’s access to healthcare.  


 “The budget is not the vehicle for redefining women’s access to healthcare,” said Rep. Antonio. “Spending priorities that still need addressed in a meaningful way are adequately funding our schools, expanding Medicaid and creating a tax system that is fair for everyone. It is unfortunate that these policy areas were not advanced through the state budget. By voting no, I feel I stood with the people of Ohio to demand something better.”


 Democratic members of the Ohio House pulled a discharge petition today before session in an effort to move Medicaid expansion – House Bill 176 – directly to the floor for a vote. They called on Gov. Kasich to help get the eleven Republican signatures necessary to ensure the budget reflects the priorities of Ohioans and provides commonsense healthcare to those in need. 

 
 
 
  
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The lead Democrat on the Ohio House’s Health Committee, Democratic Whip and state Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood), today responded to the latest dire report on Ohio’s statewide opioid overdose and addiction emergency.

The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences released the report “Taking Measure of Ohio’s Opioid Crisis” Tuesday, highlighting the grim realities many in the state are experiencing, but also making a case for greater treatment access and expanded educational and economic opportunities for Ohioans.

“This report confirms that treatment is necessary to stem the tide of this opioid crisis, and clearly we do not have enough treatment options currently available,” said Antonio. “We can do better. We must do better. Taxpayers deserve better economic opportunities, a strong and affordable educational foundation, and greater access to healthcare services – all things that we know will prevent opioid addiction and abuse.”

The report points to low education levels and limited job opportunities as central underlying causes of opioid abuse.