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Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) issued the following statement today on approval of House Bill 64, the state’s two-year operating budget bill:

“I fought hard to adequately fund Ohio’s historically black college, Central State University, and though I am pleased the state budget included more funding for the school—it was inadequate for the federal match. 

“Too many of my constituents are concerned about their families’ future and how they will find ways to make ends meet, let alone get ahead. It is unfortunate that the largest budget in our state's history has left too many Ohioans behind. The bad outweighs the good in this budget and that is why I voted no.”

 
 
Marriage equality declared fundamental right
June 26, 2015

On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. The historic 5-4 decision overturns a 6th Circuit Court case brought by Ohio native Jim Obergefell and invalidates bans on same-sex marriage across the country, including the one in Ohio. Rep. Antonio issued this statement following the court’s historic ruling:

"I join all Ohioans in applauding today's decision by the Supreme Court of the United States to grant all couples the right to marry if they so choose. From this day forward, all families – including families like mine – have the opportunity to experience the full depth and breadth of constitutional equality and the freedom to celebrate the love that binds our family, and all families – including those of same sex couples.

“This ruling gives me hope that sometime in the near future, Jean Kosmac, my partner of 21 years, and I will gather our daughters, friends and family and legally marry - a decision the State of Ohio has denied to us until today. We have much work to do to achieve full equality for members of the LGBT community, but this decision affirms our families and grants them the dignity and respect we have sought for ourselves and our children.”

 
 
Restrictions on collective bargaining, access to healthcare will weaken middle class
June 26, 2015

State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) and Ohio House Democratic lawmakers today stood in opposition to House Bill 64, the state’s two-year budget bill. Democratic legislators voted against the measure, which they say lacks a vision to grow the economy and offers little opportunity for average Ohioans to get ahead. Instead, Democrats argue the bill advances partisan attacks on working Ohioans and policies that rig the tax system to help the richest one-percent and special interests.

 
 
Marriage equality declared fundamental right
June 26, 2015

On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. The historic 5-4 decision overturns a 6th Circuit Court case brought by Ohio native Jim Obergefell and invalidates bans on same-sex marriage across the country, including the one in Ohio. Rep. Celebrezze issued this statement following the court’s historic ruling:

"Today's historic decision by the United States Supreme Court regarding marriage equality should be celebrated by all Ohioans and Americans.  As not only a legislator who has sworn to protect our nation's and state's constitution but also as an attorney I am overjoyed that the Supreme Court rendered this decision."

 
 
Partisan budget provides tax breaks for the wealthy, cuts funds for local communities
June 26, 2015

The Ohio House of Representatives voted this afternoon to approve the state’s two year operating budget, Substitute House Bill 64. Following the vote, State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) issued the following statement:

“Yet again, the ultra-conservative majority in the Ohio legislature has delivered a partisan budget that weakens middle-class families, prioritizes our state’s wealthiest individuals and attacks women’s health care.This budget cut 16 million dollars from local communities and increased taxes on working class Ohioans. I voted against House Bill 64 because it does not protect the best interest of everyday Ohioans, but instead continues to push our state in the wrong direction.” 

 
 
Amendment to the budget bill assists employment initiative for wounded veterans
June 26, 2015

Today’s vote on the state’s new two-year state budget included an amendment offered by State Rep. Hearcel Craig (D-Columbus), which funds the Resurrecting Lives Foundation, an organization that assists military veterans suffering from traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) recover and find employment. State funds will be used to support the foundation’s Employment Initiative and Community TBI Education Program. 

 
 
Marriage equality declared fundamental right
June 26, 2015

Rep. Debbie Phillips (D-Albany) issued the following statement today on House Bill 64, the state’s two-year operating budget bill:

“This budget deepens Ohio’s dependence on failed policies, and lacks vision. By cutting taxes for the wealthiest Ohioans, this policy shifts the responsibility for paying for essential services onto our local communities. It fails to fix Ohio’s unconstitutional school funding system, and it unnecessarily limits collective bargaining rights for some of Ohio’s lowest-paid workers. This budget is the wrong direction for our region and our state, and I could not support it.” 

 
 
Marriage equality declared fundamental right
June 26, 2015

On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. The historic 5-4 decision overturns a 6th Circuit Court case brought by Ohio native Jim Obergefell and invalidates bans on same-sex marriage across the country, including the one in Ohio. Rep. Debbie Phillips (D-Albany) issued this statement following the court’s historic ruling:

“Today is a big step forward on our nation’s path to equality,” said Phillips. “I want to offer my heartfelt congratulations to couples in our community whose love and commitment finally have equal standing under the law. Love wins.”

 
 
Marriage equality declared fundamental right
June 26, 2015

On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. The historic 5-4 decision overturns a 6th Circuit Court case brought by Ohio native Jim Obergefell and invalidates bans on same-sex marriage across the country, including the one in Ohio. Rep. Denise Driehaus (D-Cincinnati) issued this statement following the court’s historic ruling:

“After decades of struggle, the Supreme Court today affirmed what many of us already knew: that LGBT people should have the right to marry the person they love. I commend the many people who have worked over the years to make this day possible, including Cincinnati's own Jim Obergefell.

“In Cincinnati, in Ohio, and in this country, there have been an army of people who have made this day possible with their tireless advocacy. Many of them did not live to see this day, including Jim's late husband, John Arthur, but this is their victory, too. We owe a great debt of gratitude to the brave men and women who took up this fight long before it was popular or mainstream.

“I hope that Cincinnati and Ohio can continue to be at the forefront of the fight for justice. I am proud to have stood alongside the LGBT Community throughout this struggle and hope to continue working with them to make Ohio a more inclusive, welcoming place for everyone.

“Today and this weekend, I hope we can all celebrate this amazing success. And in the days, months, and years to come, I hope we will continue to fight for a more equitable and just society for all.”

 
 
Says policies should build opportunity for middle class Ohioans instead
June 26, 2015

On Friday, State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) and Ohio House Democratic Caucus members stood in opposition to House Bill 64, the state’s two-year budget bill. Democratic legislators voted against the measure, which they say lacks a comprehensive vision and offers little for hardworking Ohioans to get ahead. Instead, Democrats argue the bill advances policies that rig the tax system to help the richest one-percent and special interests, such as charter schools, big utility companies and oil and gas companies, in addition to partisan attacks on working Ohioans.