Tell Ohio Officials to Override Kasich's Veto! #NoCutsNoHikes
Last week, the Ohio budget was passed with an amendment to prevent large funding cuts from transit agencies around the state.
On Friday, Governor Kasich vetoed this crucial amendment.
Members of the State House and Senate are considering overriding the Governor's harmful decision. They may return this Thursday to vote. They need to hear from you TODAY!
First, contact the leaders of the House and Senate below. Let them know why that public transit is crucial to getting people to work. Let them know why transit matters to you!
House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger: 614-466-3506
Senate President Larry Obhof: 614-466-7505
Then use this page to send a message to Ohio Senators around the state.
Your action is critical. Thanks for your help!
More Info: Why are transit agencies losing money?
Check out this Plain Dealer Editorial here for more information.
Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs) in Ohio pay sales tax on the health services they provide. If MCOs are removed from the sales tax base, as currently planned in the state budget, transit agencies statewide could lose nearly $40 million a year starting in 2019.
GCRTA would take the largest hit, losing over $20 million each year, with up to 10% service cuts and lay offs.
Cuyahoga County Senator Matt Dolan has proposed a fix, known as the Dolan amendment, that would replace the tax with a franchise fee paid to transit agencies through 2024. It was included in the state budget but vetoed by Governor Kasich.
We are reaching out to members of the House and Senate to ask them to override the Governor's veto.