COLUMBUS, OHIO- Today, the Ohio Legislature approved a state budget that rewards the wealthy and well-connected with thousands of dollars in handouts, while increasing taxes on the middle-class and setting women’s health care back decades. In a tight vote in the State House of Representatives, the budget passed 53-44, while passing in the State Senate 21-11.
In response, Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern released the following statement:
“In a narrow House vote, some of the state’s most conservative Republicans turned their backs on Governor Kasich because even they understand that this budget does more harm than good. This plan to reward the wealthy and well-connected with a $6,000 handout, financed by middle-class tax increases, will not improve our economy or create jobs. And these property tax increases for all Ohioans will have the unfortunate effect of making it even harder to pass school levies and fund other essential local services.
“But even more unconscionable than this tax shift is the all-out war Republicans have launched on women’s health care. From forcing women’s health clinics to close, placing new restrictions on the care rape-crisis centers can provide, to even defunding Planned Parenthood, Republicans have doubled down on the same attacks against women that worked so well in 2012. Unless Governor Kasich vetoes all the dangerous health provisions contained in this budget, women will suffer.”