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Statewide tour focuses on Dem efforts to invest in working people and families, listening to constituents
July 31, 2019

House Democratic Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) was joined by Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron), Sen. Vernon Sykes (D-Akron), Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland), Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) and Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) on Tuesday evening to kick off the Ohio Promise Town Hall Tour, a statewide legislative town hall series hosted by House and Senate 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.

 
 
Grant funding seeks to address social determinants of health, expand access to care
July 31, 2019

State Reps. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights), Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland), and Jeff Crossman (D-Parma) today applauded the recently announced expansion of services to Cleveland-area nonprofits through the release of $1.1 million dollar grant provided by UnitedHealthcare, Inc.

“As a legislator with a background in nonprofit advocacy, I know that the work nonprofits provide across communities is invaluable. Whether serving youth, seniors or families, addressing barriers to healthy development, preventative care, education, work training and job placement, housing or any other basic need or social determinant, nonprofits are a vital part of our collective humanity and success. I'm pleased to announce this funding awards $1.1 million for these nonprofits, and I trust that this funding will enhance and expand the work already in progress.”—said Rep. Janine Boyd.

 
 

House Democratic Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) tonight will kick off the Ohio Promise Town Hall Tour, a statewide series of legislative town halls hosted by House Democrats to discuss the state budget, bipartisan priorities and a number of recent Democratic-led wins for working people and families across the Buckeye State.

 
 

State Reps. H. Gilson Blair (D-Weathersfield) and Michael O’Brien (D-Warren) today requested a meeting with President Donald Trump or Vice President Michael Pence during their planned visits to Lancaster, Ohio, on July 30, or Cincinnati on August 1.

 
 

State Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) today sent a letter to Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose urging him to reconsider and cancel the Sept. 6 voter purge which threatens the registration of some 235,610 Ohio voters—many of whom remain eligible to vote.

“For years, we’ve had Automated Voter Purging but not Automated Voter Registration,” wrote Sweeney. “I ask that you reconsider and cancel this voter purge so that my constituents – those who vote and those who don’t – are not struck from the rolls. Let’s get back on track with Automated Voter Registration and leave Automated Voter Purging in the past.”

 
 

State Rep. Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) and fellow House Democrats today sent a letter* to the Ohio Department of Medicaid asking them to investigate the declining number of children insured by Medicaid.

 
 

Ohio House Democratic Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today issued a statement following the passage of House Bill (HB) 6:

“This was not an easy vote for some of our Democratic members, including myself,” said Rep. Sykes. “Democrats will always stand with hard-working Ohioans over corporations. HB 6 was never a Democratic bill; it was never even a bipartisan, compromise bill. It was yet another example of the Majority Party playing games, forcing impossible choices between protecting the environment and keeping food on the table for 1,400 workers and their families. I hope that the companies who receive the taxpayer dollars from HB 6 will honor their promise to protect the jobs at both nuclear plants and support these workers’ continued employment.”   

 
 

Ohio House Democratic Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) and other Democratic lawmakers today issued a statement following Amazon’s announcement of more than 1500 jobs coming to Akron.  

 
 

State Reps. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) and Phil Robinson (D-Solon) today issued a joint statement applauding Gov. Mike DeWine’s veto of a provision within the state budget, House Bill 166, that would have limited the ability of certain school districts to raise operating funds through local property taxes. 

 
 

Ohio House Democratic Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today issued a statement following more than two-dozen budget bill vetoes by Gov. Mike DeWine.

“While he didn’t address all of our concerns, the governor did veto some problematic tax language Democrats opposed that would have made it harder for Ohio communities to deliver essential services and adequately fund their local school districts to give teachers and students the tools they need to succeed.