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Skindell Applauds Historic Increase In Transit Investment

State Rep. Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood) today applauded the Ohio House for including a historic increase to public transit funding to $100 million per year in the State Transportation Budget, Substitute House Bill 62 (Sub. HB 62). This commitment increases the state’s investments in public transit, which has been one of the lowest in the nation for nearly twenty years

“I am pleased that the Ohio House made a significant commitment to greater public transit funding in the transportation bill,” said Skindell. “This investment recognizes that we need to create a transportation system that addresses Ohio’s changing demographics and transportation preferences, links people to jobs and training opportunities, and provides access to businesses and healthcare.”

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Skindell: expand low-income tax credit

Representatives Mike Skindell, and Erica Crawley, today introduced the Working Families First act which would remove limitations on Ohio’s earned income tax credit.

Ohio currently has a state earned-income tax credit, created in 2013 and expanded in 2014. But the credit is capped, and unlike the federal EITC, is nonrefundable. The result, Skindell says, is “one of the weakest earned income tax credits in the nation.”

As the DeWine administration is seeking a gas-tax increase which would fall hardest on low-income Ohioans, House Democrats are promoting Skindell and Crawley’s EITC changes to help hundreds of thousands of working people.

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Skindell, Upchurch call for investment in public transportation

State Reps. Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood) and Terrence Upchurch (D-Cleveland) today held a Statehouse press conference announcing legislation to increase state investments in public transportation. Ohio currently ranks near the bottom among states for public transportation funding.

“Ohio currently ranks near the bottom of states when it comes to investing in public transit. We cannot afford to fall further behind,” said Rep. Skindell. “By reinvesting in our infrastructure, we attract business and development, connect people to jobs and services and grow our economy. This plan puts Ohio in the driver’s seat again.”

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Skindell appointed to rules-review committee

As Innovation Ohio has reported, House Speaker Larry Householder has named Rep. Mike Skindell to the 10-member Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review.

From the JCARR web site:

The committee consists of five State Representatives and five State Senators. JCARR’s primary function is to review proposed new, amended, and rescinded rules from over 110 agencies to ensure they do not exceed their rule-making authority granted to them by the General Assembly. If a rule violates one or more [of six tests], the JCARR committee could make a recommendation to invalidate the rule. 

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Ohio Senate Send-off

Serving in the Ohio Senate for the past eight years has been a great honor for state Sen. Mike Skindell.

But as he prepares to depart for the Ohio House, this send-off is in a category by itself:

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Voting is underway!

Voting is underway in Ohio, now through Election Day—Tuesday, November 6.

On Wednesday, Sen. Skindell joined Democratic candidates for the General Assembly, US House, and statewide offices for a rally at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.

Ohio Democratic Party early-vote rally in Cleveland

Voters in Cuyahoga County may cast a ballot in person at the Board of Elections, 2925 Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, any day of the week through Election Day. Hours are listed online.

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Endorsements update

The following people and organizations have endorsed Michael J. Skindell for State Representative, House District 13:

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Skindell discusses gun violence solutions

On Wednesday, September 12, state Senator Mike Skindell took part in a panel discussion on the topic “Gun Violence: What are the Options?” The panel, organized by the League of Women Voters and hosted by Case Western, included Dr. Daniel Flannery, Cleveland MHA chief André González, and state Representative Mike Henne. Peter Krouse moderated the discussion.

All four panel members agreed on the necessity for further measures to prevent gun violence, including Dayton Republican Rep. Henne, and Skindell who is the Democratic candidate for Ohio House District 13.

The panel also agreed that such measures are currently stalled, in Ohio’s General Assembly and in Congress, both of which are controlled by Republican majorities.

Gonzalez, Henne, and Skindell

Skindell noted that he reintroduced legislation earlier this year to let Ohio renew an effective, but lapsed, federal assault weapons ban. He has also signed on in support of other measures including universal background checks, “red flag” laws, bump stock restrictions, and stopping domestic abusers’ access to firearms.

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