COLUMBUS — Since Mike DeWine took office in January, he has signed one unconstitutional abortion ban and zero bills to deal with gun violence, pushed forward with punishing and self-defeating Medicaid work requirements, diverted millions of dollars from public schools to private school vouchers and stood by as more than 4,000 jobs have left Ohio.
“All the rhetoric in the world can’t change the sad reality that 2019 is on track to be the first year since 2009 — the height of the Great Recession — that Ohio has lost jobs,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “As Ohio struggles economically, rather than pursuing reforms and investments to lift Ohio’s flagging economy, Mike DeWine and the Ohio GOP have dedicated most of their energies to doing the bidding of right-wing extremists and special-interest groups.
“Mike DeWine’s most notable ‘accomplishment’ for 2019 was signing into law one of the nation’s most restrictive abortion bans — which was promptly blocked by a federal judge. Now another ban is on its way. Next on the agenda was approving a massive expansion of private school vouchers that are draining $330 million from public schools and instituting a new bureaucracy that will lead to thousands being kicked off Medicaid health coverage, at a time that insurance coverage for kids and families is already falling.
“Finally, in the wake of the horrific mass shooting in Dayton, we’ve seen nothing meaningful take place on gun violence, even after Mike DeWine looked gun safety advocates in the eye and promised them he would support universal background checks and a real ‘red flag’ law. Within months, he broke that promise. But when the gun lobbyists wanted something done on guns, it was the first bill Mike DeWine signed.
“We can only hope that 2020 sees far more energy spent lifting jobs and wages for everyday Ohioans, and far less on doing the bidding of right-wing special interests.”