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House Dems Push Their Priorities As Budget Talks Begin

Andy Chow
Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron), House minority leader, surrounded by members of the Democratic caucus, rolls out the “Ohio Promise” plan. ";s:

As the Ohio House prepares to hold hearings on Gov. Mike DeWine’s proposed operating budget, Democratic members want to make sure their priorities are considered. Issues including a higher minimum wage, paid family leave, and health care security are all part of what the Dems call the “Ohio Promise” plan. 

Democrats say Ohio has the promise of rewarding hard work.

"If you work hard, you can get ahead. This means fighting for better and equal wages for all Ohioans. Expanding opportunity for women and minority business owners. And working together to put money back into the pockets of working families," says Rep. Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington).

The House minority caucus is in an interesting position since half of Republican Speaker Larry Householder’s votes came from Democrats.

That being said, House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes believes their plan can appeal to all of the state’s top leaders.

“We are hopeful the speaker, the governor, the Senate president will take a hold of our thoughts and ideas because I would hope they are just as concerned with the things that we are and are willing to work with us to make sure Ohio is a place where everyone would want to stay, remain, and move to if necessary,” says Sykes.

The Democrats’ list also includes fewer rules on wind farms, automatic voter registration and restrictions on a tax deduction that allows small businesses to take their first $250,000 of income tax free.

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