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House Democrats Respond to State of the State

January 31, 2023
Democratic Newsroom

COLUMBUS – Ohio House Minority Leader Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) and State Representative Terrence Upchurch (D-Cleveland) today released the following statements following their press conference in response to Governor DeWine’s State of the State address.

“Democrats believe that some of the priorities outlined by Governor DeWine are essential in building a bright future for Ohio. But to achieve these goals and make them a reality, Ohio must invest in its most valuable resource that will lead this state forward- its people. House Democrats believe this can be done by putting people over politics. That means investing in things like workers, families, teachers and students so they each have the opportunities they need to succeed. We call it the People First Agenda,”  said Leader Russo. “At its core, the budget is about priorities and our Democratic priorities are people. That’s why we’ll continue to reach across the aisles on issues that Democrats believe will ensure every working family has the opportunities needed to prosper– no matter their zip code.”

Rep. Upchurch is the president of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus. 

“I was encouraged by some of the priorities presented today by the governor. There are many issues we all agree are worth fighting for with the goal of making Ohio the best state to raise a family and start a business. I however was discouraged to not hear several priorities mentioned that are top of mind right now for many Ohioans,” said Rep. Upchurch. “Keeping our communities safe for everyone- no matter what they look like or where they come from- includes doing everything we can to prevent the increase of gun violence. Despite the majority of Ohioans—Democrats, Republicans and Independents—calling for more commonsense gun safety measures, those pleas have been ignored and legislation that endangers the lives of Ohioans and law enforcement have been passed.”

House Democrats are committed to putting people first and ensuring that Ohio is open for business to those who believe in fundamental freedoms and who are in search of a fresh start with economic opportunities.