“This budget relies on more than $7 billion in one-time money, and as a member of the Ohio House, I feel this is unforgivable and irresponsible and I could not support it. The members of the 128th General Assembly were given a matter of minutes to review a budget totaling more than 4,000 pages that increases state spending by billions in these difficult economic times.”The budget presented to the Ohio House of Representatives continues the over-reliance on non-renewable funding which includes $4.3 billion in one-time revenue sources, with approximately $2.2 billion in temporary stimulus federal funding. This budget increases spending by more than $1 billion in 2010 and an additional $950 million in 2011.
“These are extremely difficult times where we need to be solving budget problems permanently, not relying on one-time money. Knowing the difficulties we are facing now, if we don’t look to permanent solutions, I am extremely concerned where Ohio will be in two years. The lack of transparency and accurate budget projections throughout this budget process has been a tremendous disservice to the people of Ohio.”
Monday, July 13, 2009
State Rep. Grossman on Budget
On the budget passed by Ohio Democrats by 54-44 with State Rep. Cheryl Grossman (R-Grove City) voting against the bill: