West Objects To State Budget Cuts To Local Communities
Canton to suffer fifth biggest cut in state support under current budget plan
February 17, 2017
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State Rep. Thomas E. West (D-Canton) today strongly objected to the latest round of proposed budget cuts to local communities included in Gov. John Kasich’s executive budget plan. Under the current budget bill, Canton stands to lose the fifth most in state funding of any city in Ohio. 

“Even as the governor claims that Ohio is on the ‘verge of a recession,’ he continues to propose cuts to critical local services that support our police and fire, repair roads and help fight the opioid epidemic,” said West. “Canton is already struggling to address an unemployment rate higher than the state average, and the governor’s cuts will only make things worse.” 

Under the current budget proposal, Canton stands to lose three percent – over $88,000 – of its state funding, representing the fifth largest cut in overall dollars of any Ohio city. Only Cleveland, Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus would experience larger overall cuts. 

“While some communities may be fortunate enough to see a funding increase under this budget, I don’t believe the state should be picking winners and losers,” said West. “In order to recession-proof our state, we need to adequately support all our communities and the middle class families that drive economic growth in Ohio.” 

Since taking office, Gov. Kasich has cut over $1.7 billion in local community funding, money that cities and towns use to pay for police and fire, keep the roads paved and the water clean, and provide a quality public education to our children. 

The state budget deliberations will continue in the House Finance Committee and its subcommittees next week. 

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