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State Reps. John Boccieri (D-Poland), Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown), Glenn Holmes (D-McDonald) and Mike O’Brien (D-Warren) this morning hosted all three Mahoning County commissioners for a meeting with House Finance Committee Chairman Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Scott Oelslager (R-North Canton). 

Commissioners David C. Ditzler, Carol Rimedio-Righetti and Anthony Traficanti traveled to Columbus to voice their concerns regarding the negative local impact of Gov. John Kasich’s proposed fix to the Medicaid Managed Care Organization (MCO) tax formula.  

“I’m pleased our delegation’s meeting request to the budget chairmen was granted, and that our commissioners had the opportunity to express their concerns about local revenue loss,” said Boccieri. “The chairmen demonstrated that the legislature is still open to listening to local officials who are on the frontlines and can provide essential perspectives on what will keep our local communities strong and transportation systems running.” 

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Wed, Feb 22, 2017

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown), the highest ranking Democrat on Economic Development, Commerce and Labor Committee, today commented on legislative efforts underway at the Statehouse to limit the rights of public and private workers in Ohio to collectively bargain: 

“At a time when Ohio is on the “verge of a recession” and so many middle class families are struggling to stay afloat, it’s troubling that some lawmakers would seek to weaken the ability of working people – including police officers and firefighters – to have safer working conditions and earn wages that can sustain a family. 

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Fri, Feb 17, 2017

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan’s (D-Youngstown) today objected to House Bill (HB 50), recently-introduced legislation to require photo identification of most food stamp recipients be included on their electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards. 

Last June, Auditor Dave Yost released findings of a state audit of Ohio’s food stamp program. While the audit did highlight possible cases of fraud, the actual fraudulent costs identified totaled less than the cost of the audit. Yost did not recommend requiring photo IDs for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants at that time. 

“In attempting to combat potential fraud within the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, HB 50 fails to follow the recommendations detailed within the auditor’s own SNAP audit,” said Lepore-Hagan. “Ohio’s weak economy over the last six years has left many families and working poor struggling to make ends meet and put food on the table each night. Instead of unfairly targeting vulnerable Ohioans, lawmakers should focus on creating good jobs that pay a wage that can sustain a family.” 

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Fri, Feb 10, 2017

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today commented on the Senate confirmation of newly-appointed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos:

“Today, the Republican majority in the U.S. Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos, who may be the most unqualified candidate ever to be nominated for a cabinet post, as secretary of education.

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Tue, Feb 7, 2017

Rep. Lepore-Hagan was selected to serve as the highest-ranking Democrat on the Economic Development, Commerce and Labor Committee. 

“I am determined to accomplish what I have started, working alongside my fellow legislators to ensure our communities are provided equitable opportunities on important issues,” said Lepore-Hagan. “Our children, our schools, our workers and our communities need leaders who will fight for them. I will continue to champion these causes on behalf of the Mahoning Valley.” 

Lepore-Hagan will also serve on the following committees this General Assembly: 

- Health
- Transportation and Public Safety 

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Tue, Jan 31, 2017

State Reps. John Boccieri (D-Poland), Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) and Glenn Holmes (D-McDonald) last week wrote a letter to Gov. John Kasich urging him to preserve the revenue local governments and public transit systems receive from the Medicaid Managed Care Organization (MCO) tax. The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have given Ohio a deadline of June 30, 2017 to remedy its MCO tax structure so that it complies with CMS policy, but any changes may threaten the millions of dollars local communities currently receive from the tax. 

“Our community has already suffered from severe state budget cuts over the past few years and cannot afford to lose another round of millions in shared revenue,” said Lepore-Hagan. “I hope that governor will show leadership on this issue and offer a formula fix that preserves the valuable resources communities rely on to deliver services to their residents.” 

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Mon, Jan 23, 2017

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today commented on the enactment of House Bill 463, legislation signed into law this week by Gov. John Kasich that will help communities fight blight by establishing an expedited foreclosure process for abandoned and vacant homes.

“Abandoned homes stuck in the lengthy foreclosure process can depress neighborhood property values and attract vandalism and crime,” said Lepore-Hagan. “Modernizing Ohio’s foreclosure laws helps stabilize neighborhoods and prevent urban decay by giving communities a tool to speed up the foreclosure process.” 

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Fri, Jan 6, 2017

Flanked by family in a ceremony at the Statehouse today, state Reps. John Boccieri (D-Poland) and Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) took the oath of office from newly-elected Mahoning County Court of Common Pleas Judge Anthony D’Apolito*. 

“I am eager to continue working in this new General Assembly to address issues important to the economic stability of Ohio families,” said Lepore-Hagan. “From ensuring a quality public education for our children to protecting the rights of working people, I remain dedicated to being a voice at the Statehouse for the people of the Mahoning Valley.” 

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Tue, Jan 3, 2017

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today announced the release of $280,880 in state funds to Youngstown State University (YSU) for campus-wide renovations and upgrades. The university will use the funds to contract with Youngstown-based design firm BSHM Architects, Inc., who will provide architectural design services for the project. The state funding was approved at today’s meeting by the state Controlling Board, a panel tasked with oversight of state spending. 

“YSU has long been a pillar of excellence, both academically and in providing students a home away from home,” says Lepore-Hagan. “This state investment will not only help YSU continue to provide a quality education and a modern, inviting campus to students and the community, but will support a leading local business and contribute to our local economy here in the Mahoning Valley.” 

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Mon, Dec 19, 2016

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) this week pledged to continue her legislative efforts to addresses concerns from families and educators following the state takeover of the Youngstown City Schools. Rep. Lepore-Hagan plans to reintroduce House Bill (HB) 379, her legislation to increase community input into the “Youngstown Plan,” next year after the bill was only granted a single hearing during this General Assembly. 

“Students, parents and teachers deserve transparency and accountability within our local school system,” Lepore-Hagan said. “This legislation will help ensure a more community-based approach to improving our school system.” 

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Mon, Dec 19, 2016