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Northern Ohioans for Budget Legislative Equality urges action in a State of Ohio Budget alert

(Plain Press, August 2017)   In late July, Northern Ohioans for Budget Legislative Equality (NOBLE) sent out an alert concerning Ohio Governor John Kasich’s veto of items in the two year 2018-2019 State of Ohio Budget passed by the State legislature.

In a statement released to members, NOBLE explained the unusual number of times that Governor Kasich used his veto on items in the 2018-2019 State Budget. “This has been a budget cycle like no other in recent memory.  In a typical budget year, the budget passes the Legislature and the Governor may or may not use his veto power.  In FY 2016/2017, the Governor used his veto pen on very small budget items. In the current budget FY 2018/2019,  the Governor set off a firestorm with his pen where he vetoed 47 items,” said the statement by NOBLE.

NOBLE has been heavily involved in monitoring the State of Ohio Budget and its impact on low income Ohioans. The group took a bus trip to Columbus in early July to a “Save Medicaid, Save Lives Rally” in Columbus in support of Governor Kasich’s veto of a Medicaid Freeze provision the state legislature put in the budget. While the legislature did not override the veto, NOBLE continues to monitor the issue in case the legislature attempts to hold a vote to override the veto at another time.

NOBLE explained Governor Kasich had vetoed the provision in the State Budget that would have prevented any new Medicaid Expansion recipients from enrolling in the program after July 1, 2018. They said “The Ohio House did not have the votes to override the Governor’s veto of this provision. However, this will bear monitoring in the future.”

NOBLE urged members to continue to press the state legislature and keep an eye on some items in the 2018-2019 State of Ohio Budget vetoed by Governor Kasich.

Override Veto

NOBLE would like citizens to petition the State Legislature to override Governor Kasich’s veto of a Managed Care Organization tax that supports Counties and Public Transit agencies in the state in making up for loss of revenue from another tax that has been eliminated. They urged members to call and ask their State Senator to vote to “override the Governor’s veto and keep public transit and counties whole.”

Support Vetoes

NOBLE supports the Governor’s veto of the Healthy Ohio Plan proposed by the State Legislature. Under the proposed Healthy Ohio Plan, NOBLE said, “The legislature has requested that the Governor, once again, ask the federal government for a waiver that would allow them to impose premiums and co -pays to Medicaid participants. Under this plan, if a participant is unable to pay the monthly premium, they can be kicked off the system and locked out until they pay the debt.” NOBLE urged members to call their State Senator and tell them, “Do not override the Governor’s veto on the Healthy Ohio Plan”.

NOBLE also supports Governor Kasich’s veto of an attempt by the State Legislature to allow a Controlling Board to administer Medicaid in the State of Ohio. They urged members to call and tell their State Senator to “Leave the administration of the Medicaid program in the hands of the Department of Medicaid. Do not override the Governor’s veto eliminating the Controlling Board’s administration of the Medicaid program”

Take action

NOBLE urged citizens to contact the Ohio State Senate President Larry Obhof and their own State Senator, to express their concern about each of the above issues and to voice their support, or opposition, to an override vote as explained in their alert to members. State Senators serving the area covered by the Plain Press include: District 21 State Senator Sandra Williams and District 23 State Senator Michael Skindell.

See contact information for the three Senators below:

Senate President Larry Obhof, 1 Capitol Square, 2nd Floor, Columbus, OH 43215. Phone: 614-466-7504. Email: erich.bittner@ohiosenate.gov.

Senator Sandra Williams, 1 Capitol Square, Room 052, Columbus, OH 43215. Phone: 614-466-4857. Email: whitney.kennard@ohiosenate.gov

Senator Michael Skindell, 1 Capitol Square, Ground Floor, Columbus, OH 43215. Phone 614-466-5123. Email: chris.smith@ohiosenate.gov.

 

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