One Ohio Now Calls On Conference Committee to UseBalanced Approach to Offset Biggest Budget Cuts in theNation
For Immediate Release: June 8, firstname.lastname@example.orgContact: Andrea Fejes614- 420-2027
Columbus, Ohio –
One Ohio Now is disappointed that the Senate did little to change thecourse set by the governor and the House that solves the state’s shortfall through cuts alone. The Senate failed to maintain investment in the public services that make Ohio a great placeto live and work and protect the most vulnerable. Ohio’s children, seniors, sick and hardworking families will suffer from this approach. The Conference Committee now has the opportunity to do the right thing and consider asolution that balances spending cuts with wise revenue investments that are needed tooffset some of the largest budget cuts in the nation.As The National Governors Association and The National Association of State Budget Officershas reported, cuts proposed by Governor Kasich and leaders in the state legislature are someof the biggest in the nation. The proposed cuts rank fourth-highest in higher education, fifth for K-12 education, andsecond for other areas. Ohio is one of sixteen states suggesting cuts to K-12 education; oneof 25 recommending cuts to higher education; one of fourteen considering cuts to prisons;one of seventeen proposing cuts to public assistance; and one of fourteen contemplatingcuts to transportation. This report highlights that Ohio’s leaders are headed down a dangerous path of makingdrastic cuts to basic public services that a strong economy needs. The state needs highquality schools and universities to provide an educated workforce, strong infrastructure tomove people and goods, and safe communities in order to attract businesses and families.It is not too late for the legislature to implement a balanced approach that includes revenueto maintain investment in these basic public structures.If our state leaders continue with a cuts-only approach, they threaten Ohio’s ability to create jobs and emerge strongly from tough economic times.