COLUMBUS –Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today issued the following statement on the House passage of House Bill 110, the state’s two-year budget. House Democrats largely opposed the bill, saying it was a missed opportunity to invest in everyday Ohioans still struggling amid the health and economic crisis.
“Our state needs a budget that invests in a recovery to benefit all Ohioans. This isn’t that budget. This budget doesn’t do enough to invest in the tools people need to build a better life - like childcare, rental assistance, affordable college, public health, and higher wages,” said Rep. Kelly. “Republicans thought it was more important to cut taxes for the wealthiest Ohioans instead of investing in the things we need to get people back to work and our economy growing again. This tax cut jeopardizes hundreds of millions of dollars in federal aid under the American Rescue Plan - resources that go to working people, families, small businesses, and local governments.”
Democrats also noted that the Republican-backed $380 million tax giveaway that largely benefits the wealthiest Ohioans could threaten hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding under the American Rescue Plan.
Democrats offered a number of amendments on the House floor Wednesday, including measures that would:
Put more money back in the pockets of working people by making the earned income tax credit partially refundable and investing in local governments and public libraries;
Increase access to publicly funded childcare to allow more Ohioans to get back to work;
Prioritize coronavirus relief, including investments in public health, rental assistance and waiving unemployment benefit overpayments made to Ohioans during the pandemic.
Restore Republican cuts to H2Ohio funding to invest in clean water infrastructure.
Raise wages for home health care workers and allow them to collectively bargain for better wages and benefits.
Invest in programs to make college more affordable to lower-income Ohioans.
Invest in maternal health and morbidity data reporting to improve health outcomes.
Increase funding for AIDS prevention services at Ohio Planned Parenthood and removes funding from crisis pregnancy centers.
Republicans rejected each amendment.
After passing the House, the bill moves to the Senate for consideration.