From the daily archives: Thursday, March 10, 2011

Are you one of the folks who haven’t been able to attend an SB 5 protest because they’ve all been during business hours?  Looking for something to do this Saturday in Columbus?  Well, do we have the solution for you!

We just got this press release e-mailed to us:

Opponents to Senate Bill 5 are invited to attend a Rally this Saturday March 12th at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. The Rally starts at 12:00 p.m. We will be meeting by the President McKinley Statue off of High Street.

This event is sponsored by the grass roots groups “No SB […]

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I can’t believe this man actually said this, but it’s true.  Just when you didn’t think this one press conference couldn’t find another delicious layer of FAIL like a Bob Evans open faced roasted turkey sandwich, it does.  Here’s Governor John Kasich in today’s Columbus Dispatch, justifying the $8 million in incentives that the State is giving to help Bob Evans move their corporate headquarters to New Albany from Columbus:

"You look at these articles here and you see how these communities [Ohio’s cities like Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Youngstown] are devastated because people are leaving," Kasich […]

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Pictured L to R: Bob Evans CEO Steven Davis, Governor John Kasich, and Ohio Development Director Mark Kvamme at Bob Evans after announcing major State subsidy to relocate Bob Evans’ Corporate HQ to New Albany from Columbus.

(Image Source: OHPressSec on Twitter)

Have at it.

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As we get closer to the budget dropping and as we hear more and more about all of the tricks that the Kasich team is going to use to disguise and hide the massive budget cuts to vital state services like education, I thought it was time to dig a little deeper into the budgeting tricks Kasich’s team used during the transition, specifically how they kept Kasich’s Budget Director Tim Keen working off the books by keeping him on the Auditor’s office payroll.

Just a quick recap: the day after the election Kasich made two appointments. One was for Beth […]

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The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that the State of Ohio is spending nearly $8 million ($8,000,000) in incentives to help Bob Evans move its corporate headquarters roughly 20 miles from Columbus to New Albany. That works out to about $400,000 in State tax dollars per mile.  Folks, and that’s not to create a single job.  For a company that made last year over $1,700,000,000 in sales and made $70,000,000 in profits, you’d think they could handle their own move.

We can find $8 million to relocate 350 jobs in Ohio, but Kasich concluded that […]

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As the House takes up a version of SB 5, it might be worthwhile to think about the number of “conversion stories” we’re hearing from union members, and to give those stories some context.

According to 2010 exit polls, 26% of the votes cast in Ohio were by voters in union households. Many have assumed labor to be overwhelmingly in support of Democrats, but at the level of individual voters, that’s not really been the case. Among union household voters, at least 45% voted for Rob Portman, and at least 31% voted for Kasich. So let’s do a […]

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Just wanted to remind you that while we’re busy dealing mostly with Senate Bill 5, our companion site, Ohio Budget Watch, for our coverage of the State budget and news clips concerning the budget.

We’ll do a live chat just as we did for the State of the State during Kasich’s budget town hall next Tuesday, but we’ll do it there as opposed to here as our intention is to make OBW our one-stop site for budget news and commentary.

For example:

The Dayton Daily News is reporting that Kasich has been asked to consider selling […]

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This morning, the Kasich Administration announced an event this morning with Ohio Development Director Mark Kvamme and Bob Evans billed as a “major announcement.”

Well, the announcement is that Bob Evans is moving its corporate HQ to New Albany.  Here’s how Columbus Business First reported it:

Gov. John Kasich is set to visit the company’s south Columbus headquarters to join in the announcement that the company’s home office will move closer to CEO Steve Davis‘ residence in New Albany.

The Easton and Polaris areas were in consideration as efforts to stay inside Columbus but New Albany ultimately […]

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Tonight in Wisconsin

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Legislators in Wisconsin passed their anti-union legislation 18-1 without Democrats being present.  Here is a live stream of what’s happening now:

Watch live streaming video from theuptake at

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