Ohio state Rep. Mike Sheehy (D-Oregon) today voted in support of the finalized version of the state budget, House Bill (HB) 166, yet cited frustrations with a provision establishing the state as the only entity with standing to act on behalf of an ecosystem. Today’s vote follows more than two weeks of Republican dysfunction and gridlock.
“I’m thrilled to see $172 million in this budget going to water quality efforts in Ohio. I was far less thrilled to find that in exchange, we’re forced to sacrifice the right of counties and local governments to protect their citizens from out-of-control polluters,” said Sheehy. “I supported this budget to avoid a shutdown and to support family farms doing their best to protect Lake Erie. Now, it’s time to crack down on those corporate factory farms that continue to obstruct that progress.”