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Rep. Monique Smith: Budget a mixed bag, but delivers wins for working people

Bill contains fair school funding overhaul, historic investment in broadband infrastructure
June 29, 2021
Monique Smith News

COLUMBUS—Rep. Monique Smith (D-Fairview Park) issued a statement Tuesday following the passage of the state budget, House Bill 110, which included the Fair School Funding Plan, an improved public school funding formula that better addresses the needs of Ohio students, teachers and communities, as well as $250 million for broadband development in underserved areas.

“Last night, I voted to pass our state budget. Though, sadly, Ohio’s GOP majority chose to include many extremely inappropriate and deeply troubling ‘culture war’ provisions in this budget, I voted to support the educational and infrastructure funding that many of my colleagues fought so hard for, which will greatly benefit my district and all of Ohio. Most importantly, this budget made a historic and much needed budget change which finally delivers fair school funding throughout our state. As a result, the school districts I represent will receive millions more from the existing pool of state school funding dollars that our kids need and deserve,” said Rep. Smith. “Additionally, I was proud to support funding for expanding broadband internet access to underserved areas, increasing public funding for childcare, supporting maternal health with a full year of postpartum health insurance via Medicaid, and providing support to local organizations that serve our community. This budget shows that while our legislature was able to come together to support a few critical needs in Ohio, we must keep fighting for an equitable tax structure, a fully accessible health care system, and policies that uplift all Ohioans.” 

Democrats did express opposition Monday to a tax giveaway that largely benefits the wealthiest Ohioans and an increase in funding for the state’s EdChoice Voucher Program. 

Democrats indicated they will send to the governor a list of requested budget line-item vetoes to address a number of their concerns.