Today, Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights) and House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) released the following statements urging the Ohio General Assembly to prioritize the needs of Ohioans and their families in the state’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.
"Democrats in the legislature think that our highest priority needs to be helping families and small businesses,” said Leader Yuko. “This means a moratorium on evictions, foreclosures and utility shut-offs, extending paid leave and unemployment compensation to all workers, including hourly and independent workers, and providing grants to small businesses. We need to make sure Ohioans have cash in their hands and food on their table in the next few weeks.”
“We need to put people over politics right now and work together across the aisle and across chambers to quickly pass legislation that helps as many Ohioans as possible,” said Leader Sykes. “We need to address the immediate needs we have heard from our constituents and give people the tools they require to stay in their homes and focus on their health, and wellbeing of their families, during this unprecedented crisis. We also need to reach an immediate agreement concerning Election Day that doesn’t jeopardize the health of everyday Ohioans while preserving the fundamentally important access to the ballot box.”
The legislature is expected to convene this week to pass a number of coronavirus-related measures.
Last week, Senate Democrats and House Democrats presented their respective lists of legislative priorities, aimed at helping Ohioans amid the pandemic.