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Outnumbered In Ohio House, Democrats Try To Appeal To Republicans

Ohio House Minority Leader Fred Strahorn
Andy Chow
Ohio Public Radio
Ohio House Minority Leader Fred Strahorn

State lawmakers are returning to Columbus from their holiday break. The vastly outnumbered Democrats in the House have a list of goals they want to achieve. They have a game plan for getting Republican support.

Revamping the way the state funds schools, increasing access to health care and fighting the opioid epidemic are all at the top of the priority list for House Democrats.

House Minority Leader Fred Strahorn of Dayton says some of their goals are bipartisan issues, but they could run into a GOP roadblock on others. Strahorn’s goal is to lay out the financial impact.

“There is an economic thread that runs through a lot of these issues that impact everybody, rich or poor, working or corporate, and we just need to make a case that this is in everybody’s best interest,” he said.

For example, according to Strahorn, provisions that help labor and improve health care access ultimately drive the workforce and stimulates the economy.

Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.