She also wants to see drug costs lowered.
Education and school safety are other issues she wants to tackle.
“I’m concerned about our children’s education, and their safety, so there’s a lot going on there that I want to start to push for,” said Carruthers, who is a mother of twins.
Carruthers also said she doesn’t think Ohio is “doing as well as we can for kids,” and that includes having state-required tests for students.
“I think we are hung up with tests, and teachers agree to that,” she said. “Teaching to a test is not teaching children what we need to.”
Carruthers said she hopes to work well with Democrats in the House. As an example, she mentioned freshman lawmaker Rep. Jessica Miranda, a Democrat from Forest Park.
“Jessica Miranda and I get along great,” Carruthers said. “We may not agree on some issues, but as a person we get along — and I think that’s something that is missing in a lot of things.”
Carruthers said she’d like schools spend more time focusing on life skills classes, like home economics and budgeting.
Carruthers also enters the Statehouse as a record number of women — 28 — were elected to a seat in the Ohio House, half of whom are first-time lawmakers.
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“It’s going to be interesting because they have a lot of women coming in,” she said. “I think the men there are going to have to toe the line more than they ever have had, as far as what they say not coming off rude or disrespectful.”