Ohio State Rep. Beth Liston (D-Dublin) today issued a statement in support of the finalized version of the state budget, House Bill (HB) 166. Today’s vote follows more than two weeks of Republican dysfunction and gridlock, which forced lawmakers to pass a short-term funding extension before finally compromising on a long-term deal late Tuesday.
Liston stated, "While there is still a great deal of work to do, this budget invests hundreds of millions of dollars in our children to help improve health and wellness in our state."
Democrats noted a number of their key priorities were added to HB 166, including:
· Passing a tax cut targeting working people and middle class families.
· Investing in education, including wraparound services, and making college more affordable by increasing funding for Ohio’s College Opportunity Grants for low-income students.
· Improving access to healthcare and investing in children’s services, including millions of dollars in additional funding for the Kinship Care Navigators Program.
· Passing a moratorium on Ohio’s failed state-takeovers.
· Raising minimum wage for direct service employees.
· Restoring increased wage and hour protections to ensure fair pay for Ohio workers.
The bill now heads to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.