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Rep. Lepore-Hagan: Budget a mixed bag, but delivers wins for working people

Bill contains path out of ADC for Youngstown Schools and other key investments in Mahoning Valley
June 29, 2021
Michele Lepore-Hagan News

Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) issued a statement Tuesday following the passage of the state budget, House Bill 110, which included a pathway out for Youngstown Schools and other districts operating under a state-controlled Academic Distress Commission, and a number of other key investments to benefit working people and families in the Mahoning Valley.

“While we weren’t able to get everything we wanted in this budget, we were able to secure a number of key wins for working people and families in the Mahoning Valley, from investments in residential broadband and education to a pathway out of the failed state takeover of our Youngstown Schools and a significant investment to care for the most vulnerable in our society with funding for the Campus of Care,” Rep. Lepore-Hagan said. “The budget we passed was a significant improvement over the Senate version and is a good first step to getting us back on the right track as we begin to build back a better economy that works for everyone—not just those at the top.”

Among the wins Lepore-Hagan was able to deliver were:

  • A new pathway out for Youngstown Schools and other districts operating under a state-controlled Academic Distress Commission for Youngstown Schools and other districts operating under a state-controlled Academic Distress Commission;
  • The implementation of the Fair School Funding Plan, a long-held Democratic priority to fix the state’s broken and unconstitutional school funding formula to better address the needs of Ohio students, teachers and communities;
  • $250 million to expand broadband internet access to unserved households across the state;
  • $1 million in funding for the Mahoning Valley Campus of Care to better serve those with developmental disabilities and mental illness.

Democrats did express opposition to a tax giveaway that largely benefits the wealthiest Ohioans and an increase in funding for the state’s EdChoice Voucher Program. They also indicated they will send to the governor a list of requested budget line-item vetoes to address a number of their concerns.