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Government & Politics

Local Jurisdictions Want More Funding Returned from Columbus and DC

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Cash-strapped local cities, counties and villages are calling for the state and federal governments to send more of northeast Ohio’s tax dollars back to the region. Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro referenced the issue in her recent State of the County address. Congressman Tim Ryan supports that call. Ryan also says it will take a major political shift at the polls for that to happen.

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Ryan, a Democrat, represents the Mahoning Valley.  He says he believes funding from Washington for local governments will keep dwindling because federal revenues will be off substantially from what they were the past.

“We gave the top one percent one point two trillion dollars in a tax cut and have no money left to do anything else.  So there’s not much hope unless there is a huge swing in the November elections.”

Ryan is a member of the House Appropriations and House Budget Committees.

He is running for a 9th term in November.  He is being challenged for the 13th District seat by Republican Chris DePizzo, a Youngstown area attorney.