Ohio Mayors Alliance Statement on State Budget Investments, Veto of Preemption of Local Tobacco Regulation
July 11, 2023
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Mayors Alliance, a bipartisan coalition of mayors in Ohio’s largest cities, issued the following statement regarding the state operating budget (HB 33), which passed over the weekend and was signed into law late on July 3:
“As a bipartisan coalition of mayors in Ohio’s largest cities, we thank our state legislative leaders for their work on the state budget. We are pleased to see several critical investments in public safety, economic development, and housing in the final budget bill. We also applaud Gov. DeWine for vetoing a provision that would have prevented cities from helping to keep flavored tobacco out of the hands of young people. Maintaining local control consistent with the home rule provisions in the Ohio Constitution is crucial, especially when it comes to protecting the health and well-being of our communities.”
This statement can be attributed to Executive Director Keary McCarthy. The members of the bipartisan Ohio Mayors Alliance Board of Directors are Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan, Beavercreek Mayor Bob Stone, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther, Findlay Mayor Christina Muryn, Lancaster Mayor David Scheffler, Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter, and Youngstown Mayor Tito Brown.
For more information on the group’s policy priorities and its membership, please visit: OhioMayorsAlliance.org.
Contact: Keary McCarthy, (614) 425-9163