During his budget unveiling, Governor Kasich boasted that there was “no smoke and mirrors” in the budget that purportedly solved a projected $8 billion budget deficit without raising taxes in a budget which promises more spending than ever in the history of Ohio (just not for schools, colleges, or local governments, and multiple health care programs for the poor and uninsured.)

But, that’s not how the Columbus Dispatch sees it:

Budget uses accounting maneuvers

State Budget Director Tim Keen wasn’t dressed like a magician, but state lawmakers wanted to know yesterday how he made an $8 billion shortfall disappear, even as it appears that overall spending increased in the new two-year budget.

All in all, as Representative Goyal pointed out during yesterday’s House Finance Committee , the State will spend $7 billion MORE in total all-funds spending than it did under Governor Strickland’s last budget.  So, Goyal asked Kasich’s budget director, Tim Keen, how precisely does the Governor’s budget (which has a little over only $2 billion in cuts in all the line-items that were cut) resolve the alleged $8 billion projected deficit we heard since Mary Taylor declared it to be so?

Keen also outlined how the $8 billion budget shortfall was closed, though he did not put price tags on all the efforts.

That’s a polite way for the Dispatch to report that Kasich’s budget director can’t show us the math.

And least there be any doubt, here’s what Kasich’s budget director reportedly said after the committee hearing:

"It’s hard to say definitively what comes from what."- Kasich OBM Director Tim Keen

Folks, when Kasich’s own budget director says he can’t definitively say outside of Medicaid “savings” what comes from what to resolve this “$8 billion deficit,” we’ve got a problem.

It’s been two days since Kasich released his budget and neither his numbers nor his rhetoric adds up.

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One way the State solved it is by refinancing its debts to delay payments… a move Governor Strickland did that was highly criticized publicly at the time by… Mary Taylor and Tim Keen.  Seriously, this entire Administration is built on alternating layers of failure and fraud.  And everyone is finally starting to see it.

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  • Kasich to cities…..You’re on your own.

    Plain Dealer video

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  • Kasich to cities…..You’re on your own.

    Plain Dealer video

    http://tinyurl.com/4vmf8ee

  • Kasich to cities…..You’re on your own.

    Plain Dealer video

    http://tinyurl.com/4vmf8ee

  • Says the Wizard of Westerville: “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!”

  • Says the Wizard of Westerville: “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!”

  • Says the Wizard of Westerville: “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!”

  • right no smoke and mirrors it is hot and going to burn a lot of people and agencies,counties and our cities.But it is not smoke and mirrors at all.No new taxes but get ready for those special elections for those levies to make up the difference in your area.

  • Annekarima

    Ta Dum Dee Dum Ta Ta Dum Dee… Dee… Dee… Can I post a link here?

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/42121800#35841681

  • Anastasjoy

    Wait, wait …. I thought Kasich argued that urbanites should vote for HIM because Strickland had ignored them and he, John Kasich, would attend to their every need. Why, just last week he was boasting about how many times he had been in Cleveland since he was elected. Of course, he isn’t boasting about how he practically has to SNEAK into town now or be met by hundreds of protesters.

    Oh well.

  • Anonymous

    That IS eerily similiar.

  • Anonymous

    Your snark is cranked up to levels I haven’t seen in awhile. I love it.

  • Delco

    Of course, the Governor must have merely misspoke when he said that his budget is not “smoke and mirrors”. His own budget director, Mr. Keen, was quoted as saying (when asked where the eight billion dollar hole went)- “It’s tricky”. If, by “tricky”, Mr. Keen meant “a crafty procedure or practice meant to deceive or defraud”, then I guess I have to agree with the man.

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