The lead Democratic legislator on the state’s budget and finance panel, state Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire), released the following statement in response to today’s state budget unveiling:
“Trickle-down tax promises of the last six years haven’t come true, and it’s dangerous to expect they will by shifting even more taxes onto working people. As our nation grows and realizes new opportunities since the recession, Ohioans have been running in place instead of getting ahead. We don’t just need to bring Ohio back from the recession - we need to make Ohio first in growth and opportunity. The economic underpinnings of this budget represent the governor’s plans from the past, not a plan for our future.
“Ideology and belief has been our biggest obstacle to economic growth and job creation in Ohio. The Republican majorities and governor continue to govern based on a flawed belief that working and middle class people can afford to shoulder a larger share of funding necessities like schools, police officers, roads and safe drinking water. We can’t continue down the same path expecting things will change. We have to work together to create a clear path to the middle class, and that starts with a new way forward that rebalances taxes and reinvests in schools and communities.”