State Rep. Michael J. Skindell discussed the state budget and other issues at a town hall in Lakewood, this week, affiliated with the Ohio Promise Tour organized by the Ohio House Democratic Caucus.
Discussing the state budget passed this year, Skindell noted that these budgets are invariably a complex assortment of policies. He said that the new budget’s positive features included increased funds for county indigent defense programs, for foster care, for tutoring and counseling in schools, among other things.
State budgets also typically include a number of policy changes outside a strict definition of budgeting, and among these was a decrease in reliance on standardized test results for high school graduation requirements; “my office got many calls” from parents concerned about overemphasis on standardized testing, he said.
Skindell also noted that Ohio has never previously had a state program to sustain and improve maritime ports—unlike many other coastal and Great Lakes states—but that he introduced legislation to create such a program for the third time, this year, and it has now been signed into law as part of the state budget.