COLUMBUS — Republicans in Columbus have slashed funding for local communities by $1.2 billion over the past eight years, while amassing a Rainy Day Fund of more than $2 billion — but now Gov. Mike DeWine is refusing to help the local governments that have struggled to deal with massive cuts from the state.
“It’s beyond presumptuous for Mike DeWine to tell local officials ‘we’re not going to be able to solve every problem you face’ — these public servants have been on the frontlines of the opioid crisis, they’ve been forced to cut critical services and they aren’t looking for a handout from Columbus,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “They don’t want Mike DeWine to fix their problems; they want him to stop taking resources out of their communities and tying their hands as they have scrimped and saved to preserve public safety and a decent quality of life for their constituents. They know there’s no magic wand, but they also know Mike DeWine has a budget and the ability — if he chooses — to restore the partnership that the state and local governments used to enjoy.”