State Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) today held a community town hall as part of the Ohio Promise Town Hall Tour, a statewide legislative town hall series hosted by House Democratic members. The purpose of the tour is to hear from constituents in their districts about their most pressing concerns, answer questions, and discuss the state budget, bipartisan priorities and a number of recent Democratic-led, legislative wins for working people and families.
“The only way we can continue to see positive change and progress is by working together,” said Rep. Hicks-Hudson. “Part of House Democrat’s Ohio promise is ensuring that as elected officials, we work for you. I’m always happy to meet and discuss important statewide and local issues with my constituents.”
Rep. Hicks-Hudson kicked off the event with a legislative update, discussing priority legislation, important budget wins for Lucas County and a strong focus on education. The event included an open forum to allow constituents to ask questions and identify community concerns that can be addressed by state government. Audience members in Toledo wanted to know about what priority bills, how the budget helps Lucas County and if there was anything the general public could do to help the continuing efforts.
The recently passed state budget was also a major topic of conversation as Hicks-Hudson detailed the process itself as well as a number of state budget provisions House Democrats fought for that seek to strengthen local communities and put people first.
Some notable Democratic budget wins include:
— Putting more money back in the pockets of hardworking Ohioans by passing a tax cut for working people and middle class families.
— Investing more than $650 million in wraparound services, which include innovative and collaborative ways to support our children and give them the tools they need to succeed.
— Raising the minimum wage for direct service employees, strengthening Ohio’s promise that if you work hard, you can get ahead.
Rep. Hicks-Hudson represents Ohio’s 44 House District, which includes Toledo and Lucas County.