The Ohio legislature must restore funding to counties, townships, municipalities and schools. These entities, vital as they are to all Ohioans, are reeling from cuts imposed upon them by governor Kasich, the majority party in the state legislature, and our current state representative.
Certainly our state government must live within its means. Countless public employees -- police officers, fire fighters, nurses, and teachers -- agreed to concessions to shrink the deficit. But the governor and many of his supporters did not.
As chief negotiator for my union, I felt it necessary to freeze our base salary. My colleagues agreed. I felt it necessary to pay more for our group health insurance. Again, my colleagues agreed. At Jefferson High School, we moved our planning period outside the school day. This allowed us to teach more classes to make up for the teaching staff we lost due to budget cuts. I understand the necessity of sacrifice. Public employees across the state understand the necessity of sacrifice. Our governor simply does not.
There is, however, a limit to sacrifice. Our safety forces are stretched thin, our health care providers are understaffed, and our public schools are struggling to survive.
We must solve the dilemma of funding necessary public services with limited financial resources. And I pledge to lead the fight for the restoration of funding coupled with the responsibility of balancing the state budget. I urge you to help me in this quest.
Join me in creating a new vision for the new 99th.