From the monthly archives: May 2011

In 2006, nearly 57% of Ohio voters passed a constitutional amendment to guarantee a minimum wage law in this State that was automatically tied to inflation.  It was an election in which 53% of all registered voters in Ohio voted.

Fast forward to 2010, John Kasich is elected with roughly 49% of the vote in an election in which 49% of all register voters in Ohio voted.

Here is what the voters of Ohio enshrined in the State’s constitution in 2006 with a sizeable majority of the vote (Art. II, Sec. 34a of the [...]

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It’s hard to capture every nuisance and change in the budget when it takes the Senate GOP caucus fifteen pages just to describe the amendments, and I haven’t the time (or yet present ability) to read the amendments myself.

WHAT’S OUT:

Workers Compensation Council. InnovationOhio was quick to declare a partial victory in that the Ohio Senate’s omnibus budget amendment eliminates the unstaffed Workers Compensation Council.  That’s pretty remarkable when you consider ordinarily such a move should have been made in the separate budget for Workers Compensation that has already been signed into law.  Also, we all know that [...]

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We’re hearing the Senate version of the budget is going to include language to sell off the Ohio Lottery to private investors, and it includes a specific date by which that sale has to occur: June 2012.

Because, you know, there’s nothing like a motivated seller and a time sensitive deal to really boost the value and improve our bargaining position. And given that we now have casinos approved and will likely have VLTs, we can expect the offers – and ultimately the final selling price – to be pretty damn low.

It leaves me wondering if this may [...]

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Today, the Toledo Blade reported that a new campaign committee would be formed to defend SB 5 from the grassroots movement to place it for repeal by a referendum by the voters.

The pro-SB 5 campaign is going to be headed by Vaughn Flasher (is that your real name, sir?), a longtime GOP political consultant and current  lobbyist for “tobacco, energy, telecommunications, and insurance industries.”  Yet, despite this political power broker from the deepest recesses of the politics of the privileged, the campaign website boasts about being a “grassroots” campaign… even though Governor Kasich, Speaker Batchelder, and Senate President [...]

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I used to work with a guy who spent a good deal of time at the bar after work. He would leave his wedding ring at the hotel and aggressively flirt with women, claiming he was a few years younger, wasn’t married and didn’t have children.

His excuse: I’m not exactly lying, I’m just providing out of date information. When I WAS 33 I wasn’t married and didn’t have kids.

John Kasich’s use of three year old education data and six year old tax data to prove the need for his radical legislative agenda is no different than [...]

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John Kasich and his team have been claiming that Ohio is in the “top 10 [in spending] in dollars in the bureaucracy and red tape.”

According to Politifact, that information is coming from a state-by-state analysis of data from the 2007-2008 school year and is three years old.

According to the most recent U.S. Department of Education statistics, Ohio is actually 12th in the amount spent on administrative costs.

It seems like a small oversight, and Politifact gives Kasich the benefit of the doubt and calls his statement “mostly true”. If this really was an honest mistake, and the [...]

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[UPDATED: May 30, 6:50 pm: Heffner collaborated with ETS in October, 2010, three months earlier than first reported]

We’ve already posted articles here and here about the Teacher Testing provision that is still hanging on in the budget bill.  A brief update: the current version would require that ALL of the core subject area teachers in the lowest performing 10% of school districts across the state will be required “take all written examinations prescribed by the state board of education for licensure to teach that core subject area and the grade level.”

In Ohio, this means [...]

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Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, I guess.

This morning, the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Aaron Marshall becomes the first Ohio media journalist (outside of Plunderbund) who FINALLY reports what we’ve been saying for months now: there was no $8 billion deficit.

Here’s Marshall today:

Tucked away in the details of Kasich’s massive state spending blueprint released on March 15 was a projection that tax revenues will actually grow by about $800 million as the economy comes back from the recession of 2008.

That makes the $7.7 billion gap between spending and revenues actually about $6.9 billion [...]

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The State Senate is scheduled take on the budget bill next week and our sister site, OhioBudgetWatch.com, has the schedule and a whole lot more. Here’s an overview of the key events:

* Proposed amendments to the bill were due Thursday

* A substitute bill will be released in Senate Finance at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday

* Senate Finance Committee will invite public testimony at hearings next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, June 1-3

* The bill will be voted out of Committee on Tuesday, June 7

* Vote of full Senate on Wednesday, June 8 or Thursday, June 9

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Yet another poll shows that Republicans strongly favor failed ‘06 Republican Gubernatorial candidate Ken Blackwell over current State Treasurer Josh Mandel.  PPP shows an even larger lead for Blackwell, who it says leads 49% to 16% in a three-way race between them and former State Senator Kevin Coughlin.

Hey, remember when Lt. Governor Mary Taylor was a rumored candidate for the U.S. Senate next year?  Just for fun, PPP included her in a hypothetical matchup with the first three and Congressman Jim Jordan, who was also strongly rumored to be a potential candidate.   How does Taylor do?

She comes [...]

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As I mentioned two days ago, Kasich and his people have been pushing a report from the Tax Foundation that claims Ohio’s combined state and local tax burden is ranked 7th highest in the nation.

According to the Governor’s Office, this is the report they are referencing. It was published in January, 2010 – and ranking of #7 for Ohio it uses is actually from 2005.

But Kasich fails to mention that the Tax Foundation put out a more recent set of data in late February of 2011 showing that Ohio is actually ranked much higher AND [...]

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