To the Editor: Gardner's vote focuses on wealthy, corporations
Written by Diane and Wally Pretzer   
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 09:15
To the Editor:

Having recently read the Toledo Blade's editorial and Editor David Kushma's analysis of the state budget, we can easily say that they provided in-depth information about its problems whereas State Senator Randy Gardner's defense (Sentinel-Tribune, Tuesday, July 23) came across as a mostly superficial account that ignores the problems.  
In Senator Gardner's account, there is little attention given to the ways in which this budget does not help the middle class or low-income Ohioans or the needy, and he says nothing about the federally-funded Medicaid expansion which his governor wanted.  Apparently, he does not realize that an increase in the sales tax and the ten percent income tax cut will help the wealthy at the expense of all who are not wealthy.
His account regarding how the budget benefits education is helpful.  Yet we have heard and read that quite a few wealthy school districts may benefit more than many in greater need.
Apparently, he also approved of the stricter anti-abortion clauses included in the bill, so he must not support legislation that speaks to women's reproductive rights and needs.
It is a shame that Republican legislators in Ohio as well as in Congress pay scant attention to those who would like to earn a living wage and, instead, constantly focus on the wealthy people and corporations who thrive exceedingly well in our current plutocracy.

Diane and Wally Pretzer
Bowling Green

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