COLUMBUS – State Reps. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) and Jessica E. Miranda (D-Forest Park) issued a statement today recognizing Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, the day when Black women’s pay catches up to that of non-Hispanic, white men from the previous year. Black women earn on average just 63 cents for every $1 a white man makes.
COLUMBUS – Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) announced today that the state Controlling Board approved several items of note this week, including $7.8 million from the American Rescue Plan to support public transportation’s efforts to connect Ohioans in urban and rural parts of the state to vaccinations. The Controlling Board allocated an additional $919,200 from the American Rescue Plan for the Ohio Arts Council to support the arts sector’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) announced that the state Controlling Board approved several items of note this week, including the allocation of more than $19 billion to be distributed over the next two years to support education in Ohio under the new Fair School Funding formula.
COLUMBUS— State Reps. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) and Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) today introduced legislation to implement a statewide Loving Cities Index, a tool and framework that provides a comprehensive analysis of local systems of love and support in order to address racial disparities in learning outcomes and provide better opportunities for brighter futures. The Index framework draws from communities and a large body of evidence-based research to identify 25 indicators that represent the supports needed for students to have the opportunity to learn and achieve academic and economic success. Each indicator reflects key city policies and practices needed to provide all children with care, stability, commitment, and capacity.
Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) issued a statement following the passage of the state budget, House Bill 110. Democrats expressed concerns about a number of provisions within the bill, including a more than $1.64 billion tax giveaway to largely benefit the wealthiest Ohioans and an increase in funding for the state’s EdChoice Voucher Program, which undermines public education in Ohio.
COLUMBUS— State Reps. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) and Erica C. Crawley (D-Columbus) yesterday provided sponsor testimony before the State and Local Government Committee for House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 6, House Democratic priority legislation to declare racism a public health crisis. Previously introduced in the 133rd GA, HCR 6 provides meaningful action steps to address racial health disparities and begin to dismantle systemic racism in Ohio.
State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today announced she joined over 90 legislators from 29 states in a letter* calling on the Biden Administration to halt the construction of the Line 3 pipeline in Northern Minnesota.
COLUMBUS— Today, State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) released the following statement on the Ohio Senate’s attempt to dismantle Ohio’s Step Up To Quality initiative within their version of the state budget, and the disproportionate impact it would have on Black children and families.
COLUMBUS—Today, State Reps. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) and Jeffrey A. Crossman (D-Parma) introduced legislation that would require human impact statements for future legislation that addresses the criminal justice system in Ohio. With this bill, any change to the criminal justice system, such as an increase in sentencing or criminal prohibition, would be required to undergo a thorough Legislative Service Commission (LSC) study to determine what areas of the population will be affected by the proposed changes to criminal justice laws.
State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) yesterday joined legislators across the Midwest for the first meeting of the Forum on Social Justice’s Steering Committee. The purpose of the new nonpartisan forum is to provide legislators with opportunities to discuss and address a wide range of racial and social justice issues, including economic equity, systemic racism, discrimination, racial disparities in public health, education, corrections, police reform, voting rights, and more.