Thursday, following the announcement by Governor DeWine that Ohio would opt out of the bonus $300 unemployment payments from the federal government beginning on June 26, State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) issued the following statement:
“First, we should call this what it is. This is threatening people with poverty if they aren’t willing to work for poverty wages. If folks are having trouble finding workers maybe they should pay them a living wage. It’s time for a $15 minimum wage.
Second, in order to do that, Republicans are rejecting money flowing into our state from other states – money going to the poorest Ohioans – the ones who need it the most, and the ones who are also the most likely to spend that money to jumpstart our local economy.
Third, Republicans are doing all of this while they enact a $380 million tax handout in the Budget– with nearly half of it going to the richest 5%.
For Republicans, what Martin Luther King, Jr. said rings true: ‘Socialism for the rich, and rugged individualism for the poor.’”