Ohio Democratic lawmakers to discuss their economic agenda

COLUMBUS (AP) — Democratic state lawmakers are planning to discuss their economic agenda for Ohio for the year ahead.

House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (STRAY’-horn), of Dayton, was slated to join Senate Democratic Leader Joe Schiavoni (shuh-VOHN’-ee), of Boardman, at a Wednesday morning news conference in Columbus to unveil a package of bills they say are focused on bolstering Ohio’s economy and its middle class.

Democrats in each chamber have previously called for boosting the state’s minimum wage.

It’s unclear how many priorities of the Democrats could be accomplished in the remaining year of the legislative session. Republicans hold significant majorities in the House and Senate.

Ohio’s unemployment rate for December was 4.7 percent. That’s up from 4.5 percent in the prior month, though still below the national rate of 5 percent.