COLUMBUS – State Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) today called the state operating budget bill, House Bill (HB) 110, a step in the right direction to help Ohioans by incorporating a fair school funding formula, known as the “Cupp-Patterson” plan, and proposals to improve workforce development.
“Today, I voted to help fairly fund our schools and help Ohioans train for new opportunities. While the bill was not perfect, it was a step in the right direction,” said Rep. Sobecki. “I look forward to continuing to partner with my colleagues in the House and the Senate to address the many issues still impacting Ohioans that were left untouched.”
HB 110 included amendments offered by Rep. Sobecki including the Commercial Driver’s License Student Aid Program (HB 129), bipartisan legislation joint sponsored by Rep. Sobecki; relief to Ohio businesses that had COVID-19 related liquor violations; and an extension of Virtual Meeting Authority for local governments, based on HB 43 which would make the authority permeant.
During debate, Rep. Sobecki supported several amendments offered by her Democratic colleagues that were rejected along party lines, including amendments to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit, increase funding and access to affordable childcare, and increase funding for local governments and public libraries.
After passing the House, the bill moves to the Senate for consideration.