Twenty-fours hours later and we’ve yet to see a single Republican publicly embrace Kasich’s “Jobs” budget.  Seriously, this is odd.  Ted Strickland would get some response from the Republican leadership by now.

Go over to the Ohio Republican Party website… nothing.   Nothing on their Twitter account, either. (The Ohio GOP website does show more opposition by its users than support for SB 5, btw.)  Nothing about the budget on its Facebook site.  No press release from ORP Chairman Kevin DeWine.

House Republican caucus?  Same thing.  Nothing.  Speaker Batchelder?  Nada.  Senate Republican caucus?  President Niehaus?  AWOL.  House Finance Committee Chairman?  Senate Finance Committee Chair?  Cats must have gotten their tongues.

Nothing.  I can’t find a single official statement from a single Republican from the party (at any level) or a single REPUBLICAN willing to go on record and praise Kasich’s budget and embrace it as their own.

I can’t recall a single time, nationally, Ohio, or anywhere else, where a party and its legislative leaders have been so utterly silent on a Governor’s first budget, particularly one from a member of their own party.  It’s simple never happened.

It’s so bad that Kasich’s Communication Department has resorted to Tweeting about various public interest groups that have given Kasich what can charitably be called “faint” praise for not totally gutting them in some weird Stockholm Syndrome reading press releases.  One actually praises Kasich for not cutting Help Me Grow more, despite the fact that Kasich cuts it by $5 million over two years, in a program that presently only gets $36 million.

Not anyone has embraced Kasich’s foolish and intellectually dishonest claim that this budget increases funding for K-12 or higher education.  But even more problematic, nobody is embracing Kasich’s claim that this is a “Jobs” budget.

Probably because nobody else wants to look foolishly calling this a “Jobs Budget” while it has already caused nearly 100 people to lose theirs.  Maybe because, shockingly, Kasich kept the legislative branch completely in the dark about his budget in the last minute.  Speaker Batchelder claiming he was only briefed on the budget until the night before.  Apparently, there was little executive-legislative consultation… even among Kasich’s fellow Republicans.

Whatever the reason, camera and microphone stagers in Columbus have been perfectly safe from being trampled by any Statehouse Republican rushing to tell the folks back home how great Governor Kasich’s budget is.  The same cannot be said of Democratic lawmakers, who have been all too willing to point out the cuts to local governments and education. 

Just today, the Franklin County MDD Board decided to increase its levy request based on the uncertainties created by Kasich’s budget.  We’ve officially see more announcements about proposals to raise local taxes than we’ve seen official Republican reactions.  Seriously, read your paper today, and if you’re represented by a Republican, as I am, tell me if it includes a praise from them about the budget.  So far, I can’t find any.

The silence is deafening.

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  • Tim M

    Some of his cabinet members thought it was peachy. He’s still got them… for now.

    Can’t wait to see the how the Dispatch editorial tries to spin this. Go Hallett Go.

  • stryx

    I was thinking the same thing: who’s got John’s back?

    No one.

    It seems like everyone is trying to make heads or tails of the 800 pages of ideologically driven madness that was presented as a budget, and in the meantime are just counting their luck stars that they didn’t get run over with the bus. He and his flacks have spent the last month laying out all sorts of wild ideas with a straight face, it’s no wonder that people are breathing easier since he didn’t sell the turnpike or whatever.

    But once folks have had a chance to figure out the mirrors and smoke used to make this budget “balanced” (2014 casino money!!) things will start to get uncomfortable for state legislators, who will have to defend local tax increases and/or service cuts across the state.

    I think the strategy now should be to press the issue with the Rs. Get them on record supporting Mad King John’s Excellent Budget. Often. They need to be boxed in one way or the other. Because then we’ll know who they are more afraid of: voters or Kasich.

    Yost? Grendell? DeWine? Hell, how about the County Commissioners in Warren, Butler, Medina county?

    Mad King John has thrown his own party in to disarray, and now it the time for Ds to press the advantage.

  • progressive dem

    Some praise and criticism from Sen. LaStinks:
    From the Beacon Journal (http://www.ohio.com/news/118063559.html)

    “State Sen. Frank LaRose, R-Akron, who attended an overview Kasich gave to the Republican caucus Tuesday, thinks the budget represents ”pretty creative and out-of-the-box thinking.”

    He was impressed the governor was able to balance the budget while not raising taxes and increasing — albeit modestly — funding to primary/secondary and higher education.

    LaRose, however, said he is opposed to plans to eliminate prevailing or union-scale wages on some public projects.

    The freshman senator, whom many in the Akron area have criticized for voting in favor of Senate Bill 5, which would limit collective bargaining rights, thinks prevailing wage works and ”is worth defending.” “

  • Greg Soper

    My name is Greg Soper, and I am a customer of Grange Insurance. I was dismayed to learn they donated to Pharaoh Kasich. I plan on dropping them.

    I looked to see which companies I can switch to. I am crossing off

    Farmers
    Nationwide
    Motorists

    I believe the best way to fight tyranny is through economics! Are there any companies that have supported Pharaoh Kasich that I have missed? I would hate to continue my misdeeds by supporting another company that supports him.

    Thanks for everything you do!

    Greg Soper

  • santoshama

    …perhaps they don’t want to weigh in because they are still trying to figure out the answer to Jay Goyal’s question…how do you fill an $8 billion hole and still increase spending by $5 billion? Just doesn’t add up. Maybe that’s why Keen didn’t have any written testimony or numbers to present to the committee this morning.

  • Lacklandgd

    So LaRose is FOR prevailing wages on public projects….too bad he didn’t defend the careers of police, firemen, teachers, school bus drivers, etc. At a rally I attended in Twinsburg 2 weeks ago, he said this about public employees, “no one is promised a job for life”. Hope he remembers that when he is up for re-election!

    Just watched the “king” on Ch 3 news…he was in C’land today, speaking to senior citizens. He told them that he wants them to be able to stay in their homes, rather than a nursing home, which will help bring down Medicare costs. Maybe I’m not seeing it and I’m sure there are people out there a whole lot smarter than me….but WHO is going to take care of those seniors in their homes? Is Medicare going to pay for “round the clock” nursing care? No, here’s what will happen, all of the public sector employees who will be losing their jobs should SB 5 pass the House, will NOW have to take care of their family members, in their homes. And we’ll be fightin’ Medicare for reimbursements for said care. Or am I missing something here? Someone please enlighten me.

    Public schools will now be privatized. The appointment of the new Superintendent, who is a member of the Tea Party, advocates vouchers and charter schools, oh and is Pro-Life….is in the driver’s seat. Deborah Delisle was “driven ” out by the “king”…..David Brennan of White Hat Management, big contributor to Kasich’s campaign, just got the “green light” to bring BIG business to the state…that business is educating our kids. The schools under WHM, are some of the poorest performing charter schools in the state!

    Piece by piece, this guy is dismantling the State of Ohio…..then, when he’s not re-elected, he’ll walk away and get himself another job making six figures….because HE’LL always have a job for life!

  • Anastasjoy

    Even the Cleveland Plainly Republican is bailing, cashing in on the “with trepidation” part of their endorsement of Kasich. Headline today: “Local governments, schools big losers in Kasich budget.”

    And that’s “Kevin DeWine,” not “Mike DeWine” who charts the ORP. Not that it makes much difference.

  • Anastasjoy

    Even the Cleveland Plainly Republican is bailing, cashing in on the “with trepidation” part of their endorsement of Kasich. Headline today: “Local governments, schools big losers in Kasich budget.”

    And that’s “Kevin DeWine,” not “Mike DeWine” who charts the ORP. Not that it makes much difference.

  • Anastasjoy

    Luckily, I’m with Progressive, and plan to stay with them. I doubt you’ll find Kasich on Peter Lewis’ contribution list.

  • Anonymous

    Great idea. In Wisconsin, union members pulled their money out of banks that supported Scott Walker. What bankers/employees/PACs gave money to Kasich? What other ways can we let our money do the talking?

  • irishgal

    The republicans are silent because he’s managed to shift a major burden to local government ……… and where are these people elected? At the local level!!! Hard to be excited about being screwed by your king but they sure didn’t mind screwing everyone else.

  • Anonymous

    In case your are interested, an article in the San Francisco Chronicle (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/03/16/prweb8214175.DTL) was reproduced from PR News. Apparently, according to the PR News article (http://www.prweb.com/releases/prweb2011/MM/prweb8214175.htm) proposals provided by Ohio Education Matters were included in the Kasich budget. Who are Ohio Education Matters, Knowledge Works, and Andrew Benson?

  • Anonymous

    In case your are interested, an article in the San Francisco Chronicle (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/03/16/prweb8214175.DTL) was reproduced from PR News. Apparently, according to the PR News article (http://www.prweb.com/releases/prweb2011/MM/prweb8214175.htm) proposals provided by Ohio Education Matters were included in the Kasich budget. Who are Ohio Education Matters, Knowledge Works, and Andrew Benson?

  • Anonymous

    KnowledgeWorks is the education think tank where Kevin Boyce used to work before becoming Treasurer. Ohio education matters is affiliated with them somehow. They initiated their review of potential education efficiencies at the request of the Strickland administration. I wouldn’t assume it’s anything sinister.

  • Lindalou50

    Taking care of a ailing relative is nothing new to many of us. Getting help is impossible. All this does is put their health care on people who are not qualified to properly see to their needs. Home health nurses are working understaffed and many given more patients than they can tend to. Kasich is clueless.

  • Anonymous

    KnowledgeWorks is the education think tank where Kevin Boyce used to work before becoming Treasurer. Ohio education matters is affiliated with them somehow. They initiated their review of potential education efficiencies at the request of the Strickland administration. I wouldn’t assume it’s anything sinister.

  • Sluggo

    Regional health care pooling and consolidation of non-instructional services make sense. They are a couple of the few items in Kasich’s budget that don’t make me sick.

  • Ingthing

    However, the third Kasich proposal is regarding digital initiatives, and from a link about Kasich’s budget on Ohio Education Matters’ website, it appears there is some link to Jeb Bush and his Digital Learning Now, which is not very pro-teacher and more focused on giving parents choices, expanding competition, and ultimately privatizing education. Sound familiar?

  • Healthcare Partners and their Clinics and Mercy Hospitals too

  • Anastasjoy

    Why just the other day, Kasich was saying home health care nurses are running a scam, jumping from patient to patient in order to pocket untold fortunes. Seriously, the man must be on something.

  • Anastasjoy

    “Giving parents choices” means getting the most motivated parents to “choose” an option other than a public school and make the rest of us pay for it, leaving behind the kids whose parents are uninvolved in their education — and who need help the most. “Expanding competition” between schools if we are funding all these competitors is expensive and resource-consuming, to say nothing of the fact that educating kids should be about cooperation and not competition.

  • Anonymous

    Kasich is forcing the counties and cities to either raise taxes or turn their burghs into Libertarian Utopias where men solve all problems by acting in their own rational self interests. Surely private donations will save all the high school football programs which are going to be disintegrated (much to the dismay of tough-guy conservative types). The local infrastructures will be maintained and built by an army of volunteers, gleefully giving of their time and sweat for the common good – not by coersion but by choice. Better to give your entire weekend to free labor and take time away from your family than to pay one extra dime in taxes. Vouchers !!! Vouchers will lead to educational awesomeness.

    Of course, the above won’t happen because it is a silly fantasy held by ideologically challenged right wingers. The localities will either raise taxes or perish/suffer.

    So sit back and watch your property taxes, folks. They are going up. Better that way then to take one more dollar from the millionaire class.

  • Lindalou50

    I’ve taken care of both of my parents. My father, died in 2002, my mother in 2009. Never had a complaint with the nurses. They were very apologetic about the short time they could give. Someday Kasich is going to get sick. My hope is that he will get a big dose of reality. The only scam going is that dumbass thinks he is Governor !!!

  • Xx

    Is this bill another hit on libraries? http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=129_SB_120

  • Mm44333

    I’m also going to do some insurance shopping. State Farm is also a contributor. I’ve been with my agent for 10 years. I insure two cars, a motorcycle, a home and three life insurance policies. But I will not subsidize my own economic extinction!

  • Mm44333

    This should have been a reply to GregSoper

  • Mm44333

    KW is also affiliated with the Gates Foundation – the driving mantra of which is “if we could only fire bad teachers.” Their “reforms” are often attacks on due process for educators.

  • Mm44333

    Snake LaRose is showing his lack of mental acuity. Monetizing Ohio’s liquor taxes as bonds and selling them for fractions of pennies on the dollar for a one time payout over thirty years is beyond out-of-the-box, it’s theft.

  • Anonymous

    The Findlay Courier took the King’s spin on the education cuts as an “increase” and I chuckled when I read the Second Harvest press release that the King’s PR department tweeted about. The press release was a diplomatic neutral response. It thanked the King for presenting a budget in these difficult times… lol

  • Anonymous

    I am currently dealing with a parent with dementia. There is no way to provide home care because of my own lack of strength and training. As I said today at http://ohio15th.blogspot.com, Kasich and his buddies need to spend a day with those in dementia units, help feed them, change their adult diapers, give them insulin as needed, and help with transfers to wheel chairs to bed to toilet, and then do it all over again. The angels that work at nursing homes have my respect and admiration.

  • Lacklandgd

    stubborn..my dad had dementia as well…he passed in 04, mom took care of him til he died, but it “killed” her so to speak…a month after dad died, mom gets diagnosed w/ovarian cancer…brought on by the stress of taking care of a loved one w/dementia??? ….can’t confirm that, but from april of 04 to nov 04, mom was in a nursing home, b/c she was in such bad shape, cancer, depression (death of spouse & cancer diagnosis)…a host of other health problems…..my sisters and i couldn’t take care of her at home…she needed too much care, plus we all worked…thank god for the nursing home…we placed her in a good one & they got her back on her feet so she could go home…spent a year and a half in her home before she passed…o6…the “king” is lookin to cut medicare bennies….and what kills me is that all the seniors in the audience were applauding….do they really understand the implications of what he was saying???? I’m thinkin’ NOT….

  • Lindalou50

    Kasich doesn’t get it. No one wants to put a loved one in a nursing home. The care so many need requires 24 hr./ 7 day a week care. What else can you do, you have no choice if they have a debilitating illness. I’m with you, Dumbass needs to spend a week at a nursing home than a week in someone’s home taking care of a patient. I’d bet he’d have a whole new perspective and appreciate for care givers.

  • Lindalou50

    Kasich doesn’t get it. No one wants to put a loved one in a nursing home. The care so many need requires 24 hr./ 7 day a week care. What else can you do, you have no choice if they have a debilitating illness. I’m with you, Dumbass needs to spend a week at a nursing home than a week in someone’s home taking care of a patient. I’d bet he’d have a whole new perspective and appreciate for care givers.

  • Tarfam325

    This is what we have been saying all along! The people who “claim” to support Senate Bill 5 and the severe cuts entailed in it based on their desire to have everyone “sacrifice” in these “difficult economic times” have ABSOLUTELY no idea how much money legislation like Senate Bill 5 are SPENDING on behalf of Ohioans. The people who are supporting the Governor and Senators who have so shadily worked at passing this type of legislation under-handedly and plan to push through their agendas because they think they are “busting the unions”. Perhaps they are wealthy people who send their children to private schools and expect to get some money from vouchers to pay for their decision to choose a private school and for their business ventures. Advocating that public employees’ pay and benefits be drastically reduced for decades of over-spending, while CONTINUING to over-spend on behalf of special interests is ludicrous. Choosing to single out Public Employees as the scape-goats because they have union representation and taxes are used to pay salaries is not the answer.
    I seriously question why we are paying taxes in the state of Ohio. The money is not going to our schools, it is not going to our safety services, it is not going to help care for ailing parents, it is not going to help families with the costs of higher education… where is it going??? To help several Columbus companies move their headquarters?? To fund research for abortion? (Hey, I’m not advocating abortion, but is it okay to ask taxpayers to do their part to help pay off Ohio’s debt while they are choosing to spend our money on this type of initiative without a vote?)
    How is “everyone” doing their part?? It seems to me that everyone in the Public Sector is being asked to pay. So, perhaps those in the private sector are breathing a sigh of relief, thinking they will be unaffected. Don’t let your breath out too soon. Because public employees are the heart of Ohio workers. In no other arena could the government come in and decide HOW MUCH workers will be paid, and HOW MUCH they will pay for benefits.
    So if you truly believe you support legislation like this and that everyone should do their part, then, perhaps, ALL Ohioans’ salary scales should be dictated. Perhaps a UNIVERSAL, state-wide mandate should be enacted to ask ALL Ohioans to pay at least 15% of their health care costs and not allow their companies to contribute to their retirement fund, and not allow workers to be rewarded for years of service or level of education. Everyone should base their pay on “merit” and trust that however our legislators define that word will be an appropriate and honest and fair way to determine levels of pay scale for all of us. Then we would ALL be doing our part to help get our state’s economy back on track, right??

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