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Advocates Seek Budget Changes To Help Low-Income Ohioans

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Advocates for the poor want more money in the state budget for programs to fight poverty.

A coalition of advocates for low-income Ohioans is making its pitch for more money in the state's budget to help tackle elder abuse, hunger and other issues around poverty.

The group Advocates for Ohio's Future discussed its priorities for the state budget Thursday at a news conference. It comes as the Senate prepares to release its initial changes to the $71.5 billion, two-year spending plan Monday. The Housed passed its version in April.

Coalition leaders, who represent health and human services organizations, are calling for additional funding increases for housing support programs, food banks and child services. They also want lawmakers to institute a more comprehensive approach to connecting people with jobs and needed services to help them out of poverty.

The budget must be in place by June 30.