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Dennis Murray Misrepresents His Record at Candidate Forum

Sandusky, Ohio—Following a Sandusky Register candidate forum between candidates for the 80th Ohio House District, Republican candidate and small business owner Jeff Krabill highlighted several inaccurate statements from incumbent Democrat Dennis Murray. “I think it is important to fact check these statements so that the people of the 80th District have the best possible information when they cast their ballots,” Krabill said. “I think we had a great discussion in this forum, but certain misrepresentations need to be clarified.”
Among these inaccuracies during the debate, Murray claimed that state spending has decreased during his term in office. In reality, Murray helped to increase state spending by more than $10 billion by using one-time dollars, including federal bailout money and Ohio’s rainy day fund, to fund ongoing programs. This misuse of temporary dollars created an $8 billion deficit now confronting Ohio taxpayers.
Additionally, while Murray claimed that K-12 education funding increased by more than 5 percent in the current budget, this figure includes one-time stimulus dollars that will no longer be available after this budget concludes. Most of this stimulus money was restricted to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Title programs. As such, state funding for local district budgets was cut by $32 million over the biennium.
“Dennis denied that Sandusky Schools would be hurt by the Evidence-Based Model and the budget that he voted for, but projections presented to the Sandusky City School Board point to a roughly $7.4 million annual shortfall in school funding,” Krabill said. “As vice- president of the Board of Education, I’ve seen firsthand how this budget will hurt our schools and our children.”
“Moving forward, we need to make sure that the elected officials of our community truly are working for the people and are held accountable. We need to adequately fund our public education system and not impose unfunded mandates from Columbus. We need to allow entrepreneurs to invest in their community and take risks. This is how we will fix the economy of north-central Ohio.”