Kasich Releases Budget: Falls Short of Needed Investment

The faith community believes that the budget is a moral document and needs to prioritize Ohioans who are struggling the most with hunger and poverty.

While the economy continues to slowly grow, too many are being left behind. Recent reports show that 16% of Ohioans struggle with food insecurity and nearly 1/3 of Ohio households don’t earn enough to make ends meet.

More than 100 faith leaders across Ohio have already signed a public letter calling for new investments in housing, food security, and access to healthcare. “I believe that as a state and a nation we need to care for those who are most vulnerable,” says Pastor Jarrod Schaaf, St. Paul Lutheran Church, North Robinson.

Only through a public commitment to solving these problems can we create an economy that works for everyone. “What we really hope for in the long run is an economy that allows every worker to enjoy the fruits of labor and to have adequate physical and mental Sabbath rest." Pastor Dwight Davidson, The United Church of Granville.

Faith leaders across Ohio run food pantries, volunteer at homeless shelters, and work with those who continue to struggle to access healthcare. A budget must be judged on whether it helps those of our neighbors in need, and not on how low income tax rates are set.