Protesting Proposed Budget Cuts

by Brittany Harris on May 17, 2011 at 6:45 am

Some people are voicing their concerns over Governor Kasich’s proposed budget cuts to eliminate the state’s nearly $8 billion deficit.

Members from Working America gathered at the corner of Blue and Adair Avenues in Zanesville on Tuesday to urge Senator Jimmy Stewart to oppose the changes. Field Representative Brandon Koebbe said if the budget is passed, the state will lose over 50,000 jobs.

"Folks in the community have written 1,000’s of letters to Senator Stewart," said Koebbe. "We have 14,000 members here in Stewart’s district and the overwhelming majority of them are strongly opposed to having more jobs eliminated here in Ohio through these budget cuts."

He said this is not the way to balance the state’s budget which is required by law. Working America Member Sherrie Johnson said she fears education will be hurt by the cuts.  

"Our schools are already underfunded and my is concern is that with these budget cuts it’s going to further harm the quality of our education," she said.

A permanent budget must be in place by June 30th.