COLUMBUS—In a memo* Wednesday, Representative Monique Smith (D-Fairview Park) called on Gov. DeWine to veto several state budget provisions she says fail to meet the expectations of Ohioans as the state begins to emerge and build back from the pandemic.
“Our state budget should set forth a path for the future. Ohioans deserve a budget that invests in working people, spends our revenue wisely and responsibly, and sets all Ohioans up for better lives and brighter futures,” said Rep. Smith. “There are a number of provisions in the budget that fail to do that, and they should be vetoed.”
She urged vetoes of the following key provisions:
· The $1.8 billion tax giveaway benefitting the wealthiest Ohioans at the expense of needed investments to benefit working families, unemployed Ohioans and small businesses still struggling as we begin to emerge from the pandemic.
· Language that allows the House Speaker and Senate President to intervene in congressional redistricting lawsuits.
· Prohibition on the secretary of state and local elections boards from working with individuals and organizations on GOTV and voter education programs.
· Provision allowing health care providers to decline to perform services that violates personal beliefs, which will harm LGBTQ Ohioans and minorities.
· Attacks on surgical abortion facilities and funding for anti-choice crisis pregnancy centers.
· Imposes deadline to disenroll some 3 million Ohioans from Medicaid rolls after the expiration of the federal coronavirus emergency is lifted.
· Facilitates oil and gas drilling in state parks.
· Expansion of EdChoice vouchers that hurt Ohio’s public schools.