We have a lot of budget analysis on the way but one thought has been rolling around my brain for the past hour that I thought I’d share: Ken Blackwell in 2006.

Back in 2006 Ken had two big ideas: his tax and expenditure limitation (TEL) amendment proposal and his proposal to lease the turnpike.

The turnpike lease has resurfaced in John Kasich’s budget and, while it’s still a shitty idea, it’s much more likely to be implemented this time around. The TEL died back in 2006 when it was replaced with something called the SAL – the state appropriation limitation.

Ohio Substitute Senate Bill 321 “created a state appropriation limitation (SAL) for state general revenue fund (GRF) budgets beginning in state fiscal year 2008. The law represented a compromise between advocates for a tax and expenditure limitation (TEL), and legislators and a governor who were opposed to the TEL amendment.”

The SAL set a limit of 3.5% growth for the GRF budget.

According to the Dispatch “the state’s general revenue fund actually increases: 5.1 percent in the budget year starting July 1, and 6.3 percent the year after that”

The only way to get around the SAL is if the Governor declares certain emergencies or if the 3/5th of the General Assembly votes to exceed the limitation.

While Kasich rambles on at his town hall about the transparency and clarity of his budget, it turns out it’s really full of strange and magical calculations. Smoke and mirrors. And this is a perfect example.

Kasich lying to a room full of people doesn’t surprise me at all.

Ken Blackwell’s ideas still having an impact in 2011? Now that’s something I never would have predicted.

  • Anonymous

    So if I understand you correctly, they will need a 60% affirmative vote. That could be tight in the house if all the democrats vote together.

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    this is off topic — but remember when Kasich said Teach for America is coming here —
    you should see what the salaries and benefits are– and he complains about the teachers we already have –look up site below
    click on salary and benefits then click on See how your income and expenses will vary by region.
    this wont save any money that I can see –they do everything except hand feed them — seems like ( unless I am reading more into this than is there )
    gee loan forbearence , discounts , etc
    I saw an article in Dayton Daily but of course with no calculations of salaries

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    opps it was the dispatch

  • Guest

    Correct me if I’m wrong, not only did he cut to balance the budget, but he also cut enough to have an increase in revenue that can be spent?

  • Anonymous

    You can’t increase GRF revenue by not spending it. They are bringing in more through tricks and rosy forecasting.

    The increase comes in part from taking money that normally gets distributed to schools and local governments and redirecting it to the state. see our post: http://ohiobudgetwatch.com/2011/03/kasich-budget-local-governments-and-schools-suffer-hidden-cuts/

    They are also forecasting large increases in tax collections, all while laying off state tax collectors. That alone merits another post. Stay tuned.

  • dlw

    Large increases in tax collections w/o raising taxes? What, are they going to send the goons out to do a little leg breaking for those who haven’t paid?

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