Fedor Disappointed by Governor's Limited Budget Vetoes
July 1, 2021
Today, state Senator Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) released the following statement after Governor Mike DeWine signed Ohio’s two-year, $75 billion budget bill and issued 14 line-item vetoes:
“I appreciate Governor DeWine’s decision to veto the provisions on legal challenges to laws passed by the General Assembly and to congressional and legislative maps and the provision that would have exempted some nonpublic secondary schools from all College Credit Plus laws and regulations. However, this budget does not work for all Ohioans, especially the most vulnerable. It still favors private education over public, contains a tax cut for the wealthy and legalizes health care discrimination.
“Disappointingly, Governor DeWine also chose not to veto the requirement that public schools lease or sell part of their buildings to charter schools if they are used for only 60% of the school year; the provision that makes it easier for oil and gas drilling to take place on state land with little public input; and the medical conscience clause provision, which allows physicians, hospitals and health insurance companies to refuse to provide or pay for medical services if they claim that doing so would violate their moral beliefs.
“As we close out Pride month and approach the Fourth of July, this budget is a stark reminder that some Ohioans do not enjoy the same freedoms and protections that we will be celebrating this coming weekend. The fight for equality is far from over. I will never be able to support any legislation that legalizes discrimination.”