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:
“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.”
“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.”
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.