From the monthly archives: January 2013

As part of his school funding roll out today, Governor Kasich promised to provide every charter school in the state an additional $100 per child to pay for “facilities”.

In the 2010-2011 school year Ohio had 114,667 children in charter schools.

Total new funds sent to charter schools for “facilities”: $11,466,700

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Last September Governor Kasich told the New York Times that he believes God chose him to save Ohio.

The way John Kasich sees it, he is fulfilling a grand design, a mission for which he was chosen by God, to save Ohio. “It’s like what what’s-his-name told the hobbit,” Ohio’s Republican governor told me as we flew on the plane that ferries him around the state. “What’s that guy’s name? Gandel? Gandorf?” A pair of young aides seated across from Kasich called out helpfully over the drone of the engine. “Gandalf,” Kasich repeated. “Do you remember what he told [...]

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Today the Cleveland Plain Dealer confirmed what we first reported a few weeks back,  Republican Beth Trombold is still in the running for an appointment to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) by Governor Kasich, despite the fact that the open seat is supposed to be given to someone not affiliated with the Republican party.

Ohio Revised Code section 4901 establishes that there will be five commissioners for the PUCO and not more than three “shall belong to or be affiliated with the same political party.”

Three of the commissioners are already Republicans – including climate-change denier Todd [...]

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Earlier today we wrote about the $487 Million in new local taxes Ohioans are facing because of the $1.8 billion in cuts Governor Kasich made to education funding in his last budget.

When asked about the cuts and the new taxes, Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols tried to change the subject to the number of levies instead of the amount of money being requested.

In a Gongwer interview Nichols defended Kasich saying: “In three of four years of Strickland there (were) more new tax levies.”

We won’t dispute this fact.  There certainly may have been more levies under Governor Strickland.  But it’s [...]

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Today, the House Health and Aging committee held its first meeting of the new General Assembly, and Chairman Lynn Wachtmann wasted no time setting the agenda for the panel’s work.

According to Gongwer, Wachtmann promised a return of Heartbeat legislation, a measure to outlaw nearly all abortions by banning them after a fetal heartbeat is detected (as early as six weeks and before many women even learn they are pregnant):

“There’s still a lot of discussions…about how that’s going to roll-out, but I would ,at some point in the next two years, think that will be a definite [...]

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Governor Kasich will be holding a virtual town hall tomorrow and he’ll be accepting questions via social media (see Greg’s post for how to submit your own).

We thought we’d put together a list of questions we’d like the Governor to answer:

What are your plans for restoring the $1.8 Billion lost from school funding in your last budget? As a self-proclaimed “fiscal conservative”, how do you explain the nearly $500 Million in new local property and income taxes that resulted from your earlier budget cuts? Will the new School Grade System and Voucher [...]

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Before embarking on his school funding plan, Governor Strickland spent months traveling the state getting input from educators, school administrators and parents.

In typical Kasich fashion, it seems the new Governor’s plans for Ohio’s school have been developed in secret without any input from important stakeholders or from legislative leaders who will need to pass the proposed legislation into law.

As we reported earlier this month, House Education committee leaders like Republican Gerald Stebelton don’t seem to have any details about Kasich’s plans.

Even more disturbing, the Ohio Education Association has been completely excluded from the process.  According to the OEA website, the [...]

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Innovation Ohio released a report yesterday showing the local tax impact of John Kasich’s $1.8 billion in cuts to Ohio schools:

Since May 2011, Ohio voters have considered an unprecedented $1.1 billion in new property and income taxes for schools. Voters passed just over 40% of that amount, approving school levies equal to $487 million in new taxes.

This doesn’t even come close to covering all of the tax hikes for local and county services that resulted from Kasich’s budget cuts to locals.

Keep this in mind when the Governor’s team tells you they cut your taxes.

 

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Plunderbund was the first to report that in November, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted suggested to an audience of statehouse insiders that allocating the state’s electoral college votes by Congressional district might be a good way to reduce the national focus on Ohio elections. (Thanks to Innovation Ohio, we now have the video.) The idea would have delivered the majority of Ohio’s electoral votes to Romney, the loser of the popular vote.

Husted backed away when eyebrows were raised, but many remained suspicious. As well they should be – several state legislatures and [...]

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FASTER. CHEAPER. UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

That’s the title of an article that appeared in the Case Western Reserve University Law Review last year.

And the author, Sarah Osmer, pulls no punches, arguing that the transfer of public funds to a private entity like JobsOhio is forbidden under article VIII, sections 4 and 6 of the Ohio Constitution.

After a history lesson on the massive fraud,  scandal and public debt that resulted in the early 1800′s as a result of politicians using public money to fund private enterprise, the author covers in detail the constitutional changes that were enacted to keep this type of corruption from [...]

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Yesterday we reported that bond experts and bond investors were questioning the timing of the JobsOhio bond deal because of pending litigation, specifically the decision by the Ohio Supreme Court to rule on whether ProgressOhio has standing to sue.

The Court’s decision caused JobsOhio to delay the offering and to update their circular to include additional disclosures to investors about the lawsuit.  An updated copy of this circular is available at the end of this post.

While we’re still working our way through the entire document, there are a few important parts we’d like to highlight.

The first is the amount [...]

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