From the monthly archives: April 2011

According to a post by The Thomas B. Fordham Institute yesterday, the new budget released by House Republicans “risks making the Buckeye State the nation’s laughing stock when it comes to charter school programs.”

Fordham is hardly an unbiased observer. They are an advocacy group focused on education and they are unabashedly pro-charter school. They even sponsor charter schools in Ohio, including the KIPP school in Columbus. While I don’t agree with them on a lot of their policy, their analysis of the new budget is dead-on.

As Fordham points out, Ohio’s charter system has faced a whole lot [...]

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As we work our way through the revised budget bill that came out last night one thing is painfully obvious: Kasich and Ohio’s GOP are trying to privatize Ohio’s education system at the expense of teachers, students and, ultimately, all Ohioans. Period.

And the only plausible reason I can see for the GOP’s privatization effort is pure ideological hatred of the public education system and its teachers and/or a straight up pay back to their campaign donors.

We will delve into the details of the budget in a series of upcoming posts, but for now take my word that [...]

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Here’s Governor Kasich during his State of State Address:

Republicans and Democrats have long favored sentencing reform. Oh, we didn’t get to this because we were afraid also. Forty-seven percent of our inmates sit in our state prisons for less than a year and they sometimes sit next to hardened criminals. It raises the recidivism rate, costs taxpayers a fortune. Again, to everyone who’s here, 47 percent of people are in that prison for less than a year and we’re sticking them in there next to somebody who’s been a hardened criminal, a murderer, or God knows what else. [...]

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Yesterday, Joseph wrote about how the Springfield School District objected to the Department of Administrative Services’ (DAS) “analysis” on how much SB 5’s provisions would supposedly save school districts obscene amounts of money.  In Springfield’s case, the school district estimated that the Administration exaggerated its saving by 784%, which, in most people’s estimation would be “a tad off.”

Today, the Hamilton Pulse-Journal reports that school districts in Warren County, the heart of GOP country, is protesting the DAS analysis as grossly overstating their potential savings as well:

The Ohio Department of Administrative Services report indicates the eight [...]

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It’s official.

The $400 million casino that was supposed to be opened next year in Cincinnati has now been delayed until at least 2013 and could end being smaller than expected “because of an ongoing impasse with Gov. John Kasich over casino taxes and fees.”

As we’ve been reporting, Kasich’s indecisiveness is causing billions in new investment in Ohio to be delayed – along with the relatively-high paying (compared to Bob Evans, for example) construction and casino jobs it would create.

There is no getting around the fact that this delay hurts Ohio. But to understand Kasich’s [...]

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Yesterday, WKYC in Cleveland aired an interview it had with President Obama.  The first question the President was asked was his thoughts on the debate concerning SB 5:

Obama didn’t just come out to make a statement about SB 5 unsolicited.  He was asked by an Ohio reporter to express his opinion on what has become a national debate.  He is, after all, the President of the United States.

So what’s Governor Kasich’s calm, measured response to this?

Earlier this week, Kasich toured V & M Star where he touted how it survived the recession and expanded.  [...]

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Good Jobs First, a national policy group promoting “government accountability in economic development”, has called out John Kasich for “gutting of the state website that tracks federal stimulus spending in Ohio”.

The website, recovery.ohio.gov, used to contain links to details about stimulus projects being funded in Ohio and a tool so Ohioans could see how stimulus money was being spent in their areas. Now it just contains a single page with broken links to all of the details.

Obviously there is a political element here. With the 2012 elections coming up, the Republicans are going claim the stimulus [...]

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WKSU reports that 400 city employees in Cleveland – including police and fire fighters -will be laid off as a direct result of state budget cuts.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson placed the blame directly on the Governor: “This is a state-imposed deficit that amounts to a state-imposed layoff and service reduction”

Add another 400 jobs lost to Kasich’s “Jobs Budget”.

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Last month John Kasich and his wonder boy investment guru Mark Kvamme announced they would be seeking a a tax break for venture capitalists who invest their dollars in the state.

Kasich and Kvamme want to you believe that it’s tax breaks that draw investors to California, Massachusetts, New York, Texas and Washington – the top 5 states for venture capital investment in the country.

But according to the Dispatch: “Ohio already offers a tax credit to those who invest in small research-, development- and technology-based businesses. Separately, investors who give to the Ohio Venture Capital Fund Program may [...]

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Over the past few months DAS has put out a number of estimates related to the potential cost savings to local communities resulting from Senate Bill 5. The estimates have all been highly scrutinized as “junk science and faulty math”.

As school districts begin making the calculations for themselves – and comparing their results to those released by the Kasich administration – we are starting to realize just how incorrect the administration’s estimates are.

According to a statement issued by Springfield City Schools today, data from the state is “grossly inaccurate”:

State data released last week claiming Senate [...]

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Today, President Obama released the long-form of his birth certificate which, under Hawaii law, they ordinarily don’t even provide to to people. Apparently, last Monday, the President hired a personal attorney to beg the Hawaii Department of Health to release his long-form birth certificate simply to put it to rest.

And as Wonkette pointed out, the heart of birtherism-World Net Daily-didn’t miss a beat, and declared that the certificate validated their view that Obama was ineligible to be President because the certificate says his dad was not an United States citizen—which nobody has ever claimed otherwise.

Trump moved onto to his next crusade—demanding that Obama release his college records, for some reason. It proves you can’t kill birtherism, it’ll just evolve itself around the facts and continue…

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