State Rep. Teresa Fedor: State Budget A Missed Opportunity To Grow Economy
Says policies should build opportunity for middle-class Ohioans, not attack working Ohioans
April 23, 2015
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On Wednesday, State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) and Ohio House Democratic Caucus members 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.

Democrats offered several alternative proposals that would have put more money in the pockets of middle class Ohioans, stopped attacks on working Ohioans, ensured equal pay for women, reduced the state’s sales tax and maintained access to healthcare for pregnant working mothers and women needing cancer treatment. The Democratic policies were shot down along party lines.

House Republicans scrapped nearly Gov. Kasich’s entire initial budget proposal, but largely kept the philosophy behind an untargeted income tax cut intact. Democratic representatives expressed disappointment with the House GOP’s move stripping accountability and transparency measures for charter schools out of the state budget even as failing, for-profit charters are set to receive a record amount of taxpayer dollars through the bill. Democrats attempted to remove what they called the “No Charter Left Behind” provision which would give online charter schools $25 per pupil for brick and mortar facilities— something online schools lack.   

“We should call this budget the ‘No Charter Left Behind Act,’ because not only do all charter schools get more tax dollars in this budget without being held to the same standards as traditional schools, but now we’ve found a way to give charter schools without classrooms money for school buildings,” said Rep. Fedor.

On Wednesday, Rep. Fedor attended the Freedom of Choice Ohio Advocacy Day as its keynote speaker. She spoke candidly to dozens of women who gathered in opposition to anti-abortion legislation. Four bills to ban abortion have been introduced in the Ohio legislature in 2015, and an amendment was added to the state budget to fund crisis pregnancy centers. 

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