Premiering live at Plunderbund – Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 12:00pm:

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  • Anonymous

    Where is Lionel Logue when we need him!

  • Halloween Jack

    You forgot to include a dismissive “Okay?” in that quote! Awesome graphic, btw.

  • Anonymous

    There is a rally during this dog-and-pony show. Everyone who sees that Emperor John is wearing no clothes should be there, offering another point of view so the media-slash-Kasich PR machine can cover that, too.

    Here’s a link:

    http://www.progressohio.org/blog/2011/03/rally-workers-state-of-the-state-march-8-2011.html#comment-160799558

  • Tarfam325

    Can anyone even explain to me how this “freakin’ awesome” Senate Bill 5 is even going to help the state’s budget? Our local school district receives less than 10% of its funding from the state. People who protest unions complain they are driving costs up, but this bill deals with benefits and retirement. Why should the state have a say and decide what these should be for local workers? Currently most public employees pay a fair share for their benefits. Maybe increasing that slightly (and more commensurate with the business world) could be helpful, but it certainly WON’T help the state…it may help the local schools slightly. We currently pay our retirement and our school district contributes a “matching” amount. Many effective and well-run businesses offer this same retirement arrangement with 401K plans. The State Teacher’s Retirement System is extremely well-run and ACTUALLY has been well-managed enough to pay retirees their earned pension. Now the state wants to dictate where our funds are going for retirement, (because our government has done SUCH an effective job of protecting retirement funds such as social security, right???) How will that help the state?
    I can tell you one thing, Mr. Ohio “jobs” Governor John Kasich along with Senator Shannon Jones may have entirely ruined our Ohio economy with this bill. Because many public employees are going to STOP spending any money…especially in Ohio. If this bill passes the House and DEMANDS power over OUR investments and our livelihood by taking over our benefits and retirement, MANY Ohio towns and businesses will suffer. Public employees may lose their homes and add to the foreclosure rate in Ohio. They will stop going out to eat, and shopping for any non-essential items, and quit paying to have necessary services. I can think of at least 10 local businesses that will dramatically suffer due to the limitations this will cause in my life alone. I won’t be able to afford college tuition for both of my children.
    Freakin’ awesome, Mr. Kasich!

  • Tarfam325

    Can anyone even explain to me how this “freakin’ awesome” Senate Bill 5 is even going to help the state’s budget? Our local school district receives less than 10% of its funding from the state. People who protest unions complain they are driving costs up, but this bill deals with benefits and retirement. Why should the state have a say and decide what these should be for local workers? Currently most public employees pay a fair share for their benefits. Maybe increasing that slightly (and more commensurate with the business world) could be helpful, but it certainly WON’T help the state…it may help the local schools slightly. We currently pay our retirement and our school district contributes a “matching” amount. Many effective and well-run businesses offer this same retirement arrangement with 401K plans. The State Teacher’s Retirement System is extremely well-run and ACTUALLY has been well-managed enough to pay retirees their earned pension. Now the state wants to dictate where our funds are going for retirement, (because our government has done SUCH an effective job of protecting retirement funds such as social security, right???) How will that help the state?
    I can tell you one thing, Mr. Ohio “jobs” Governor John Kasich along with Senator Shannon Jones may have entirely ruined our Ohio economy with this bill. Because many public employees are going to STOP spending any money…especially in Ohio. If this bill passes the House and DEMANDS power over OUR investments and our livelihood by taking over our benefits and retirement, MANY Ohio towns and businesses will suffer. Public employees may lose their homes and add to the foreclosure rate in Ohio. They will stop going out to eat, and shopping for any non-essential items, and quit paying to have necessary services. I can think of at least 10 local businesses that will dramatically suffer due to the limitations this will cause in my life alone. I won’t be able to afford college tuition for both of my children.
    Freakin’ awesome, Mr. Kasich!

  • Www Rnc

    you have a good teacher and a bad teacher right now, the school does not have the freedom to lay off the bad teacher, if the bad teacher has more seniority. but if layoffs become a must,this bill will give the school the freedom to get rid of the bad teacher…………..I don’t know about the budget but i do know this is good for my kids.you people please read what this is going to mean to you READ THE BILL don,t just listen to what a couple of people say please get more informed by really knowing what this bill means to you not to the democrats that need this bill to fail

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