COLUMBUS – Senator Paul Schumacher is approaching the end of his term in the legislature, and he spoke with local leaders about concerns from the session.
Them main issue Schumacher covered on Thursday at the chamber, was issues with revenue, and bringing enough in to pay the states bills.
“As a consequence we are taking several hundred million out of the cash reserve, in order to balance the budget, and that’s not a healthy thing, and it will leave us in a very much weakened position in two years when the budget comes up, half the strength of what we were at this one,” says Schumacher.
Due to term limits, Schumacher has under 60 legislative days left, unless the senate goes into special session, but he says his time serving in government made for an interesting experience.
“Extremely interesting. You learn a lot about the state. You get a good idea, of where the state is going, or can go, or can’t go. And a mixed reaction on the term limit side,” says Schumacher.
Schumacher says the negative to term limits, is having experienced senator leaving their seats, just as they are getting a good handle on how to best serve the State.
Schumacher was also honored with an award for 25 years with the Columbus Area Chamber.