Executive Budish's Statement on Recently Passed State Budget

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Mary Louise Madigan, (216) 698-2521; mlmadigan@cuyahogacounty.us

CLEVELAND – Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish issued the following statement:

"The recently passed state budget contained some victories for our neediest residents, most notably Governor John Kasich’s refusal to freeze Medicaid expansion enrollment. The governor stood steadfast against radical voices stating that the state and nation “can deal with the fact that people have needs and at the same time we can be fiscally responsible.”

This is why a change buried in the budget that eliminates a state safety net program for disabled Ohioans is so baffling. The program which cost the state a mere $9.6 million last year (our state’s general fund revenue budget was $34.5 billion) helped people who could not work because of a physical or mental disability, make about $1,400 or less and didn’t receive ANY other help from other government programs. Truly, some of our neediest.

I believe that a government is judged by how we support our most vulnerable residents. I implore the state government to reconsider and restore this crucial safety net program."