Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) issued a statement following the final passage of House Bill (HB) 74, the state’s two-year transportation budget. Democrats fought against the governor’s proposed cuts to public transit funding in the bill, securing more than $221 million over the next two years, more than doubling the governor’s proposed investment.
“The hard working people of Ohio’s 35th District know that it is possible to live the American dream right here at home. These Ohio families recognized that working hard toward your dreams can sometimes include the need to use safe, reliable public transportation. Infusing these funds allows for Ohioans to continue to get from home to work or to school while making our state more accessible for everyone. For that reason, I was proud to vote for Ohio families today,” said Rep. Galonski.
Other key Democratic wins in the transportation budget include:
· Ensuring fairness and transparency of taxpayer dollars by requiring more highway construction and maintenance projects are subject to competitive bidding;
· Removing the governor’s proposed hikes in vehicle registration and other fees to save Ohioans money;
· Securing funds for public transit vouchers for victims of domestic violence who need help getting to court, medical appointments and school.
The transportation budget now moves to the governor to be signed into law.