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Infrastructure, Job Training On Senate Democrats' Agenda

Democratic state senators are making their pitch for raising Ohio's minimum wage and ensuring that an expansion of the Medicaid health program remains in place. Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni joined other Democratic senators on Wednesday to discuss the caucus' priorities for the new legislative session. Other items on their agenda include increasing job training opportunities, regulating charter schools, improving police-community relations, and investing in roads, sewers and other infrastructure. It's uncertain how much of the minority party's priorities can be accomplished. Republicans control the governor's office and the Ohio Legislature. But Democratic leaders contend that while their numbers are small, they can still be effective and influence change. The Democrats' agenda comes as Gov. John Kasich prepares to release his two-year budget proposal early next month.