State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) today issued the following statement in response to data found in the 2016 Kids Count Data Book, which shows that Ohio’s rank for overall child well-being has dropped from 23rd to 26th in the nation:
“Unfortunately, it should come as little surprise that nearly one in four kids are living in poverty and young adults cannot afford to pay the rising tuition to attend college. Instead of passing policies to benefit working families and their children, the legislature has repeatedly shifted taxes to benefit the wealthiest Ohioans and steered hard-earned taxpayer money to failing, for-profit charters schools.
“I believe Ohio should focus on the future and paving a path to the middle class for future generations of Ohioans by enacting legislation to provide paid family leave, ensure equal access to quality education and raise the minimum wage. Our kids cannot afford another day without a hot meal, a place to sleep or clean clothes. They cannot afford another year in a failing school that does not prepare them for success. The time to act is now.”