Ohio is once again facing an upcoming budget process with an anticipated shortfall of nearly 8 billion dollars. In the past, lawmakers have been reluctant to take a balanced approach that included a serious look at increasing revenues, from increased taxes to closing business loopholes. Without such an approach, the old "slash and cut" method will severely impact the needy, poor and vulnerable in our state. As a faith based entity, the Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry views government budgets as moral documents and reflective of the values and priorities of our society. We desire State of Ohio lawmakers to take action and to safeguard the supportive services for the vulnerable, poor and needy in addition to supporting economic development and establishing a more efficient form of government.