Just got this press release over e-mail:

As the ranking Democrat on the Insurance, Commerce & Labor Committee, State Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Canfield) is urging Ohioans to take a closer look at the so-called Senate Bill 5 savings memo released by the Office of Collective Bargaining and the Department of Administrative Services.

“The memo fails to calculate the real-life impact that SB 5 will have on Ohio families,” said Senator Schiavoni. “The memo does not take into account the money that this bill takes away from our public employees. The less money they have to take home, the less they have to spend in our local economies.” 

The memo claims that the state would have saved more than $75 million in 2010 by eliminating Step Increases for state workers. The memo neglects to point out that in the biennial budget (HB1) there was a step freeze that already saved the state this money. Through the existing collective bargaining process, public employees have already made this concession.

The memo also suggests that state employees increase health insurance premiums to 20% potentially saving the state more than $25 million. The amended bill reduces employee premiums to 15% and eliminates these potential savings.

A Legislative Service Commission fiscal analysis on SB 5 concluded that there was not enough information available to provide accurate savings amounts. This critical piece of information was omitted from the original DAS Memo. Instead, DAS tried to calculate local government cost savings.

“I was especially disappointed that DAS never came before our committee to defend their questionable conclusions,” said Schiavoni.  “DAS speculates local government savings even though local government employees do not always receive step movements or longevity pay. It is nearly impossible to calculate any local savings under SB5.”

In other news, if they amended S.B. 5 to require that employees contribute 15% of their health insurance cost as opposed to the 20% originally in the bill, declares the topic entirely off limits for collective bargaining, doesn’t the fact that the present agreements require an 18% employee contribution rate mean that… SB 5 will COST the State money, not save it?

Am I missing something here?  Did haste just make waste?

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  • In other news, any bets on whether the State of the State will be public?

  • Anonymous

    At least 15%, but anything more has to be negotiated.

  • Anonymous

    How soon do you think that the Dispatch will have an article on this? Never?

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    Are we surprised by this — I’m not — I have tried to tell people this since this started —
    well you can bet that the house will increase it back to 20%
    Amazing isnt it –state employees know what they pay for benefits — but yet they dont want to talk to us about anything LOL
    and DAS? well they spent a year trying to get jobs from other agencies transferd over to them because they thought they would get the privatizing axe like the BWC
    they succeeded by saying it saved money hahahahaha all they did was “bill” the other agencies for the work they did–not saving anything — in fact a couple of jobs they did were sent to Canada — and isnt DAS who Ms Jones asked to handle the merit raise language for SB5 — I can hardly wait see what crap they come up with !
    By the way Sen Joe Schiavoni was the first to answer my e-mail about Sb 5 and( hes not my senator )along with a list of others to contact, complete with addresses and ph #’s

    Thank you Senator Schiavoni for your unending support

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    Are we surprised by this — I’m not — I have tried to tell people this since this started —
    well you can bet that the house will increase it back to 20%
    Amazing isnt it –state employees know what they pay for benefits — but yet they dont want to talk to us about anything LOL
    and DAS? well they spent a year trying to get jobs from other agencies transferd over to them because they thought they would get the privatizing axe like the BWC
    they succeeded by saying it saved money hahahahaha all they did was “bill” the other agencies for the work they did–not saving anything — in fact a couple of jobs they did were sent to Canada — and isnt DAS who Ms Jones asked to handle the merit raise language for SB5 — I can hardly wait see what crap they come up with !
    By the way Sen Joe Schiavoni was the first to answer my e-mail about Sb 5 and( hes not my senator )along with a list of others to contact, complete with addresses and ph #’s

    Thank you Senator Schiavoni for your unending support

  • portsmouthsupporter

    Wow !! You hit the nail right on the head. Way to go, you said everything I have been saying.
    AND A BIG THANK YOU TO SENATOR SCHIAVONI.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t blame ODP for us losing everything. They can do everything they can, but the environment was what it was and despite all they tried, too many of our folks just didn’t bother to vote.

  • Guest

    So you’re telling us that the Office of Collective Bargaining and the Department of Administrative Services lied.

  • JBC

    Is it any wonder that Ohio’s economy is failing to recover? Taking more money away from middle class is only going to make matters worse.
    I wonder too at the lack of reporting on this issue. Plenty on Libya, nothing on Columbus and Madison… even on NPR. I guess they feel that the people at home just aren’t as interesting as what’s happening halfway across the globe.

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