COLUMBUS- The Ohio House of Representatives approved a state budget today after scrapping Gov. Kasich’s original proposal and substituting a House GOP version last week. The proposal moves forward with Republican plans to cut local government funding, while failing to restore some $1.8 billion that was taken away from school districts last biennium. The current budget proposal includes an additional $200 million cut to local schools, and it funnels more tax dollars to for-profit schools. State Rep. Nick Barborak (D-Lisbon) of Ohio’s 5th House District voted against the bill. Following the vote, Barborak issued the following statement.
“This budget hurts our communities, making it even more difficult for them to provide effective law enforcement, fire protection and other essential services.
“It doesn’t even come close to adequately funding our public schools, which are still bleeding from the last budget, and it further directs precious dollars away from public schools to failing for-profit institutions. Ohio can do better.”