Fedor Announces Vote Against Senate's Version of State Budget
June 9, 2021
Today, state Senator Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) announced her vote against House Bill 110, the state operating budget. All members of the Senate Democratic Caucus joined in opposition.
“I have watched us make cuts to the state income tax for more than 15 years but I have yet to see them help Ohio's economy or create good-paying jobs,” Fedor said. “Republicans removed investments in broadband, a fair school funding formula, and childcare standards to fund a tax cut that will cost our state $874 million dollars and that anyone making less than $500,000 a year will barely notice.”
The budget passed by the Senate replaces the House-passed Fair School Funding Plan with a plan that:
- Provides less on average for per-pupil funding;
- Significantly expands private school voucher eligibility;
- Disadvantages areas with high property wealth compared to residents’ income;
- Allows a change in one district’s property values to impact the state share for every other district in the state.
“A few of my priority items, which I fought hard for, made it into the final bill,” Fedor said. “These include a pathway out of Academic Distress for three districts that have been taken over by the state, increased money for continued lead paint abatement, sustaining library funding and money for blight cleanup. However, I will be voting no on this budget because we are not doing what is right for our children, families, workers or businesses.”
While Fedor praised the inclusion of a number of beneficial provisions in the bill that she fought for to bring money to Toledo, she condemned the Senate plan’s increased investment in EdChoice vouchers and private education. The plan would increase the maximum EdChoice awards for grades K-8 from $4,650 to $5,500 and for grades 9-12 from $6,000 to $7,500, well above the proposed $6,110 base cost per pupil amount received for students who choose to attend public schools.
“To make Ohio a better place, we must make sure our economy works for everyone,” Fedor said. “The Senate budget will weaken our system of public education by preventing us from fulfilling our constitutional obligation to fund a set of common schools. It will also increase state spending on unaccountable and unregulated private education while cutting essential support for childcare, broadband expansion, and eliminate some lead abatement programs. It is not about just increasing funding for schools, it is about a fair plan that is based on the real cost of educating all students.”