Legislative Forum

POSTED BY: News Department
Friday, September 27, 2002 - 04:43 PM
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We’ve all heard money makes the world go around. Well today a legislative forum allowed people to share concerns about funding for the treatment of mental illness or drug and alcohol addiction. This afternoon it was standing room only as more than two hundred people discussed Ohio’s Medicaid crisis and how to get the most out of limited resources. Rod Hollingsworth, Executive Director of the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board, says doubling the excise tax of alcoholic beverages could bring in needed revenue. Hollingsworth says the increase would be around ten cents for a six-pack of beer or eight cents for a bottle of wine. Statistics show and estimated 2.3 million Ohioans suffer from some form of mental illness and more than one million Ohioans are addicted to alcohol or other drugs. State Representative Jim Aslanides say’s he doesn’t want to have to see any tax increase. He says he hopes to delve into unnecessary funds before putting increased tax burdens on Ohioans.

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