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State Budget Update on Public Transportation

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Transportation is vital for people to get to work, grocery stores, medical appointments, child care, school, and participate in the economy. With transportation at the heart of many barriers Ohioans face in their daily lives, Ohio needs a 21st century transportation system made up not only of roads and highways but also a network of transportation options, including public transit, passenger and freight rail, streetcars, hybrid buses, electric vehicles, and walk-able, bike-able streets.

Speakers include:
- Akshai Sing, Representative, Ohio Transportation Equity Coalition
- Kirt Conrad, President, Ohio Public Transit Association
- Homer Carlisle, Professional Staff Member, Ranking Member Sherrod Brown

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State Budget Update on Public Transportation

  1. 1. State Budget Update on Public Transportation Ohio is stronger when transportation is affordable and accessible for all.
  2. 2. a statewide coalition of over 485 organizations and thousands of individual advocates. Advocates for Ohio’s Future is…
  3. 3. Ohio should be a great place for ALL Ohioans to live and work. Participate in the economy Be healthy and saf e Afford the basics
  4. 4. Advocate with us! • You’ll receive a follow-up email from this webinar • Look for “Act Now” email alerts, webinar invitations, and new resources • Unsubscribe at any time
  5. 5. Webinar Presenters Homer Carlisle Professional Staff Member Ranking Member Sherrod Brown Kirt Conrad President Ohio Public Transit Association Akshai Singh Representative Ohio Transportation Equity Coalition
  6. 6. Akshai Singh Representative Ohio Transportation Equity Coalition
  7. 7. Public Transit in the Ohio Budget: Still behind the curve and below the average. Akshai Singh Ohio Transportation Equity Coalition
  8. 8. The State of Ohio’s funding for local services is in flux and inadequate – particularly for public transit. • Ranks 44th among the states • $0.63 per capita • 2018-19 budget to provide $40 million/year • Other states do better – o Michigan - $200 million/year o Minnesota, $340 million/year o Pennsylvania, $846 million/year
  9. 9. ODOT Transit Needs Study Called for Greater State Investment Source: ODOT Transit Needs Study
  10. 10. Public transit comes out of the 2018-19 state budget with less than it had going in.
  11. 11. Most of the 8 Urban systems lose funds due to MCO tax changes in 2018. Everyone loses in 2019.
  12. 12. Ohio’s Investment of General Revenue Funds has Fallen Steeply Over Time
  13. 13. • Many people lack cars • People with disabilities need transit options • Older people stop driving, need options • Workers need a ride to work • Employers need regional labor pool • Young people want transportation options • Ease congestion, mitigate air pollution, reduce wear and tear on roads Why should the state invest more in public transit?
  14. 14. More Flexible Highway Funds Should be Used
  15. 15. Kirt Conrad President Ohio Public Transit Association
  16. 16. Medicaid Transportation • Using Innovation and New Technologies to Improve Transportation for Those Seeking Health Services: Ohio will modernize its existing non-emergency medical transportation system for Ohioans seeking medical treatment
  17. 17. State Budget Proposal • Greg Moody, director of the Office of Health Transformation, said the state wants to centralize non- emergency medical transportation for those on Medicaid.
  18. 18. Current Situation • Right now, programs are county-administered, which can lead to confusion and occasionally having to switch transportation, Moody said.
  19. 19. Proposed Solution • The state would first standardize companies qualified to provide transportation, then name a state broker who would connect patients with providers
  20. 20. Impact to transit systems • State wants to work with transit systems • Educating Department on barriers and issues that need improved • State wants to reduce duplication and improve regulatory barriers
  21. 21. Homer Carlisle Professional Staff Member Ranking Member Sherrod Brown
  22. 22. Homer Carlisle | Professional Staff Member | Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-OH) Please consider my remarks in today’s webinar to be “off the record,” and nothing I say should be attributed in any reporting. The opinions I express are my own and don’t necessarily reflect the views of Senator Brown. If any reporter would like to obtain a statement from the Senator, I would be happy to provide contact information for our communications staff. Thank you.
  23. 23. Homer Carlisle | Professional Staff Member | Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-OH) “We are going to fix our inner cities and rebuild our highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, hospitals.” - President-Elect Trump [Election Night Speech, 11/9/16] “…we have obsolete trains. We have bad roads. We're going to change all of that, folks." - President Trump [NPR, 2/9/17] "Infrastructure — we're going to start spending on infrastructure big. Not like we have a choice. It's not like, oh gee, let's hold it off." – President Trump [CNBC, 2/27/17] The Infrastructure Promise…
  24. 24. Homer Carlisle | Professional Staff Member | Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-OH) The President’s plan?
  25. 25. Homer Carlisle | Professional Staff Member | Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
  26. 26. Homer Carlisle | Professional Staff Member | Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
  27. 27. Homer Carlisle | Professional Staff Member | Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-OH) Repairing and Improving Public Transportation: $130 billion
  28. 28. Proposed Budget Cuts Homer Carlisle | Professional Staff Member | Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-OH) Transit: “Limits funding for the Federal Transit Administration’s Capital Investment Program (New Starts) to projects with existing full funding grant agreements only. Future investments in new transit projects would be funded by the localities that use and benefit from these localized projects.” Amtrak: “The Budget terminates Federal support for Amtrak’s long distance train services, which have long been inefficient and incur the vast majority of Amtrak’s operating losses.” TIGER: “Eliminates funding for the unauthorized TIGER discretionary grant program, which awards grants to projects that are generally eligible for funding under existing surface transportation formula programs, saving $499 million from the 2017 annualized CR level.”
  29. 29. Homer Carlisle | Professional Staff Member | Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-OH) The path forward… “Rebuilding American infrastructure will put Ohioans to work. We can create jobs building the roads, transit, and broadband systems that will support our 21st century economy. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and with President Trump to put Ohioans to work creating an infrastructure system that will be the envy of the world once again.” -Sen. Sherrod Brown, 3-20-17
  30. 30. • You’ll receive a follow-up email with links to video, slides and resources • Respond to “Act Now” advocacy alerts – Your voice makes a difference! • Join the conversation on social media: • @Advocates4OH • Facebook.com/advocatesforohio • @PolicyMattersOH • Facebook.com/policymattersohio Next Steps • @OHTranspoEquity • Facebook.com/OHTranspoEquity • @OHNeedsTransit • Facebook.com/Ohio-Public-Transit-Association
  31. 31. Spread the Word! • We encourage you to share and discuss our state budget issue fact sheets with your state lawmakers and other advocates in your community. • When you talk with people, highlight how public investments in Ohio’s human services benefit Ohioans at all income levels.
  32. 32. Thank you for joining us today! Please consider making a donation to help us offer more great webinars and info to advocates like you.

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