Tonight we’re getting the results from a number of special elections being held around the state and the results tell the tale of the Kasich budget in a nutshell:

  • step 1 – cut taxes on the wealthy, privatize everything, give your staff raises, keep state government the same size and pass the tough choices down to the locals in the form of reduced school funding and revenue-sharing
  • step 2 – as tax collections come in ahead of forecast, amass a war chest in the state’s rainy day fund but refuse to share any of it
  • step 3 – watch as local communities make painful cuts and/or increase taxes

Sure enough, it’s all playing out according to plan.

Today, 55 tax questions were on ballots around the state, including a number that are truly heartbreaking if you dig into them at all.

Here’s one little bit of good news, sort of.

Today, suffering from over $1 million in state cuts and facing more, incredibly harsh cuts down the road, residents of the Buckeye Local School District in Medina County passed their first levy in 18 years, imposing a new, 7.9 mill emergency levy that increases taxes by $248 per year on the owner of a $100,000 home.

If the levy had failed, art, music, gym and honors classes would have been eliminated and pay-to-play fees for sports and activities increased. The school day would have been reduced to the state minimum 5 1/2 hours, sending kids home at 1 p.m. without lunch. This means huge child care hassles (and expense) for parents and teenagers running loose all afternoon, which, as we know, always turns out really well.

This is what public education under Kasich and the GOP will look like. All so the wealthy can get an income tax cut and maybe create some jobs. Jobs that no Ohioan will be qualified for because their schools were not up to the task.

The good news for the kids of Buckeye Local is that the levy passed. The bad news is that residents will pay an extra $248 in taxes — Kasich taxes. A needless tax increase that could have been avoided if Governor Kasich would open up the state’s purse strings and share some of the money he’s stockpiling for the income tax he’d love to give you right before his reelection. Kasich’s income tax cut, by the way, will amount to around $40 a year for the average taxpayer, far less than their taxes will go up at the local level

Buckeye Local represents a near-miss for the kids in Medina County and is a snapshot of what’s to come for the rest of Ohio.

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  • http://reconstitution.us/rcnew Jolly Roger (Plutocrap)

    Voters all over Ohio have been trying to turn back the devastation of the Czar Kashitch I budget slashing. About the only places where there are clear defeats are in the inbred backwaters that voted 70 and 80% for the Czar back in 2010.

  • annekarima53

    While I see the point very well, I take offense at ” This means huge child care hassles (and expense) for parents and teenagers running loose all afternoon, which, as we know, always turns out really well.” While an excellent education is very important, there is just something vile about being used as an overpaid baby sitter. Come on, you got more than that to offer.

  • Dmoore

    This amateur thinks that hoarding money in the rainy day fund is going to make himself look like Mr. Responsibie Conservative. What he fails to realize is that his party is going to get shellacked in November because of this and the overall republican assault on women and the working and middle classes. I’m glad he gets to speak at the republican convention so the rest of the country can see what a fool he is.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1626902149 Jason Cowling

    Rob from the poor to feed the rich.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1626902149 Jason Cowling

    If Romney picks Portman it’s because he mistook his name for Rob Poormen.

  • http://plunderbund.com Joseph

    This is a very real concern for many parents and it will have serious implications for families and the community. No one is saying school is a substitute for babysitting – but the fact is, parents have arranged their lives and work schedules around the school schedules – and suddenly changing that schedule will mean many families have tough choices to make.

    How many people have jobs flexible enough to just change their work hours suddenly? How many parents will simply lose their jobs as a result of this change? How many parents will now have to choose between to cost of working fewer hours to stay home with their kids or the cost of childcare?

    Kasich selfishly reduced funding to schools which leads directly to severe cuts like the ones mentioned here. This not only impacts the quality of education of the students, but is also has a real financial impact on Ohio’s families as well.

    And the community should have real concerns about teenagers being unsupervised for a few extra hours each day. Most crimes committed by kids occur in the hours after school when they are unsupervised.

    (http://www.ctafterschoolnetwork.org/PDF%20Files/Americas_Afterschool_Choice_FightCrime.pdf)

  • annekarima53

    I understand completely, Joseph. But teachers ought to value their professions higher than that of “babysitters.” Perhaps, in the beginning someone might have seen this bump in the educational road.

  • annekarima53

    Joseph, maybe I’m out of place here and society has changed so very much thru all these years as I’m old now, but when I was young and in college, first year, I remember leaving the library one day and running into a young man who introduced me to a program that was conducted in a church to keep kids busy who had no where to go after school. That was where I learned self defense instruction. It was a small town and I was a hick farm kid and he told me no young woman should leave home without it. It wasn’t a maga church like we see today, just a community church filling a need. The program was open to all the kids, I remember that. And I don’t think there was a charge, I think it was all volunteer. So actually, give the people a chance, Joseph. The people can outsmart the powers that be. Oh and I don’t think there was any preaching involved. This was a program for the kids to keep them off the streets. That much I remember even after all these years.

  • http://plunderbund.com Joseph

    It’s true that there are after school programs – both public and privately funded. But these are the first things to go away when local funding runs short. Remember when Columbus closed community centers a few years back?

    If local schools can’t afford to stay open for longer than 5.5 hours, funding for other programs in the community is also quite short.

    And with all the new ‘pay-to-play fees coming online this year’, only kids whose parents can afford it will be able to participate in after school activities like band and sports.

    The point here is that Kasich cut funding – a LOT of funding – to local communities. This has impacted police departments, fire departments and all the other services locals provide – especially schools. And these cuts are having direct impacts on Ohio’s families.

    And now that state revenue is starting to pick up again, what is Kasich proposing? To give everyone an income tax cut of about three bucks a month instead trying to restore funding to locals.

    His move is purely political. He thinks if he can put “John Kasich cut your taxes” in a political ad he will win reelection. And he’s willing to screw teachers, students, police, fire and anyone else who gets in his way in order to check this political maneuver off his list.

    Fortunately, Ohioans are not that stupid.

  • http://plunderbund.com Joseph

    By the way, I completely agree that churches and other non-profit organization can play an important role. But this post was specifically focused on the downstream impacts of Kasich’s funding cuts to locals.

  • Ramona Hauenstein

    Coming from and living in one of the inbred backwaters, I could’t agree more!

  • Clecinosu

    We’ve heard of “Romney Hood.” Is this “Johnny Hood?”

  • Green Iris

    the problem with volunteer programs is that alot of the people who could help with them are now having to work to close the budget. There just isn’t the volunteer labor out there.
    And I do have to agree with Joseph. I don’t consider the schools ‘childcare’. But as a 2 career household w/ children under the age of 12 (the age when they can be home all day w/o a sitter) we couldn’t have the kids home 4 hours alone. That doesn’t even factor in the transportation issues.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carrie-Preston/100000765994211 Carrie Preston

    Kaisich sucks!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carrie-Preston/100000765994211 Carrie Preston

    I was a baby sitter…ran a day care out of my home for many years,about 15. Now I am a teacher. I do value my job as a professional TEACHER. If I wanted to be a baby sitter I could pick and choose who I would and would not watch. I would make less but It would be easier. No lesson plans.. no worry about testing quotas (which is what they are)… no worry about addressing those who are lagging behind or soaring ahead and meeting their needs with out forgetting about those in the middle…working after hours and week ends with our pay ….needing continuous professional development to keep on top of trends and new developments in the learning and teaching process. Of all the teachers I know they all really and truly do value their profession higher than that of babysitters. We just feel that often the general public has been lead to believe that we are no more than glorified babysitters. And that ..is one of our educational problems in a nut shell.

  • http://reconstitution.us/rcnew Jolly Roger (Plutocrap)

    Hey, Junket John Boehner is my “representative.” So I feel your pain, intensely.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=740014081 Paula Garfield

    I am so sick of Kasichs cuts on schools…with his appointed people falln ..State Ed Super, etc…u would think he’d give our kids back their education dollars…if the Super Kasich appointed had his hands in the testn cha ching….clearly kasich does too… dig deeper…he’s got both hands and feet in this corruption…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=740014081 Paula Garfield

    he’s money laundering, hoardn? taking from our kids…he is probably tryn to cover the millions he gave away to his corp buds to create jobs…where are they:? Sick of kasick n his corrupt arrogance…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=740014081 Paula Garfield

    boner…Come november vote these crooks out

  • WILLIAM PARSONS

    YOU GET WHAT YOU VOTE FOR!!!!!!!

  • Eugene

    Why don’t the voters demand that their representatives be Republicans and not conservatives. That is what John Kasich is A phoney republican in the guise of a conservative.

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