Rep. Goyal wants changes made to TPP and education cuts


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In the coming weeks we are going to be hearing a lot about the changes that Representatives and policy stakeholders are going to want to see included in the substitute version of the budget bill.  One State Representative on the Finance Committee though is already coming out and saying that committee needs to amend the deep cuts to local government and schools.

Ohio Budget Watch spoke with Representative Jay Goyal (D-Mansfield), who serves on the Finance Committee,  about his concerns with the proposed budget and changes he would like to see made to it.

“I am concerned that this budget proposes devastating cuts to schools and local governments,” said Rep. Goyal.  “I look forward to fighting for amendments that will stave off massive layoffs of teachers, police officers, and firefighters and that will help preserve the services used by the most vulnerable in our society.”

Rep. Goyal also spoke about the perception that Governor Kasich had balanced his budget on the backs of the middle class and least well off in Ohio.

“I am also very concerned about the drastic cuts to tangible personal property tax replacement funds for local governments and schools. These proposed cuts show a clear lack of leadership on the Governor’s part and is simply an effort to pass the buck of fiscal responsibility on to local governments,” said Rep. Goyal.

As we have written about before, the Republicans on the committee will be reviewing amendments over the course of the next couple of weeks from Republicans and Democrats.  It is very unlikely that the Republicans will accept any amendments proposed by the Democrats on the Committee, but politically it is important for those democratic members, and the Democratic Caucus as a whole, to still present them.

Rep. Goyal’s comments are a glimpse of what we can expect from the Democrats through out the amendment and substitute bill process. Democrats are going to point out the large cuts that are being brought upon local governments and public schools and tie that budgeting decision to the fact that doing this allows the Governor to shift the fiscal responsibility from the State level to the local level. The next step would seem to be highlighting the fact that these cuts are going to force local governments to raise taxes and push school districts to put more and more levies on the ballot.

Will the Republicans on the Committee hear these arguments and change the bill?  Most likely not, but it is important for the Democrats to but the Republicans on the record for not supporting public education, fire fighters, and police officers.

 

 

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