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Rep. Lightbody: Final budget falls short for working people and families

July 17, 2019
Mary Lightbody News

Ohio State Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) today voted in opposition to 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.

“The budget presented on the House floor was a step in the right direction, but did not go far enough to uphold the promises my Democratic colleagues and I made to work toward the best outcomes for Ohio’s residents,” said Lightbody. “While progress was made to support the libraries and protect the environment, compromise was not upheld on vital issues that will have an impact on Ohio’s future. I hope the governor will attend to the list of line items provided by Minority Leader Emilia Sykes for his line-item veto.”

Long-held Democratic tax fairness priorities, like lowering the LLC loophole threshold from $250,000 to $100,000, were cut from the final version of the bill. Democrats say the billion-dollar tax giveaway largely benefits the wealthiest Ohioans, and has not delivered on its promise to create more jobs for Ohio workers.

Lightbody also opposed Republican changes to:

  • Roll back charter school oversight;
  • Increase funding for controversial Ed Choice vouchers that hurt Ohio’s public schools;
  • Include additional funds for so-called crisis pregnancy centers;
  • Remove provisions to end the state’s failed school takeovers and restore control to local districts.

The bill now heads to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.