Senate District 11
Teresa Fedor
Senator Fedor Votes No on Final Version of State Budget
June 28, 2021
Today, state Senator Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) voted against the final version of House Bill 110, the 2022-2023 state operating budget.

“Although I supported some changes made to the Senate version of the budget, there were outstanding issues that I still could not support,” Fedor said. “The number one issue is the conference committee report did not commit to fully funding a fair public education system with the six year phase-in. This budget only includes the Fair School Funding Formula for the 2022 and 2023 school years and continues to expand vouchers and charter schools. As I have said many times before, public schools are required to provide a five-year forecast and need consistency to plan. This budget does not make a commitment to disadvantaged pupils or commit to studying school funding. Instead, we’ve spent that money on tax breaks for the wealthy. We had the opportunity to invest long term in the future of 1.7 million children, and we did not take it.”

Fedor condemned the inclusion of a provision that would decrease tax liability for the wealthiest Ohioans while only providing a small across-the-board income tax cut of 3% for everyone else. House Bill 110 also:

•    Requires public schools to lease or sell part of their buildings to charter schools if they are unused for more than 60% of the school year.
•    Eliminates funding to protect families with Medicaid-eligible children and pregnant women against dangers of lead paint hazards and removes funding for additional lead abatement. 
•    Leaves out the Statewide Aging Initiatives line item, which is used to address the various statewide issues impacting older Ohioans.
•    Permits only the president of the Senate and the speaker of the House to intervene in legal challenges to defend a statute or redistricting plan and allows the General Assembly to use taxpayer dollars to fund litigation.
•    Makes it easier for oil and gas drilling to take place on state land and takes the public out of the process.

“The best investment we can make is in our children, but we just don’t see the return until they grow,” Fedor said. “Our state has the funding to finally give Ohio a fair, reliable formula to fund public schools and give all children in our state the tools they need to succeed in life. This budget simply does not go far enough to uplift Ohio’s children, families, or workers.”
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