State Rep. Beth Liston (D-Dublin) held a community town hall Thursday as part of the Ohio Promise Town Hall Tour, a statewide legislative town hall series hosted by House 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.
“We do a lot of great work at the Statehouse, and I am happy for the opportunity to share with the community the progress we have made so far,” said Rep. Liston. “It is important to me that my constituents know that I work for them and that they can contact me should they ever need assistance or wish to voice their thoughts or concerns.”
Rep. Liston provided the audience with a legislative update, discussing her legislative initiatives and priorities including legislation to help reduce gun deaths and legislation that would bring health education standards to the state. The event included an open forum to allow constituents to ask questions and identify community concerns that can be addressed by state government.
The recently passed state budget was also a major topic of conversation as Liston detailed the process itself as well as a number of state budget provisions House Democrats fought for that seek to strengthen local communities and put people first.
Some notable Democratic budget wins include:
— Putting more money back in the pockets of hardworking Ohioans by passing a tax cut for working people and middle class families.
— Investing $675 million in wraparound services, which include innovative and collaborative ways to support our children and give them the tools they need to succeed.
— Raising the minimum wage for direct service employees, strengthening Ohio’s promise that if you work hard, you can get ahead.
Rep. Liston represents Ohio’s 21st House district, which includes parts of northwestern Franklin County.