From the daily archives: Tuesday, March 22, 2011

I meant to have this post up last night, and I apologize for the delay. But I think you’ll find this follow up to yesterday’s analysis by Greg Mild was well worth the wait.

With the huge increase in funding to charter schools that Kasich is proposing in his budget, it seems worthwhile knowing where that money is going. According to Greg, the bulk of it will be going to charter schools who receive 2.5 times as much funding per student as public schools.

I used my editorial privileges to change Greg’s headline and trim the content […]

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WBNS in Columbus has the headline that just made every resident in Lucasville who, like me, remembers the 1993 Lucasville prison riots take notice.

And, no, that’s not what some progressive critic of Kasich’s budget alleges.  It’s an actual Kasich Administration proposal:

Watchtowers built to give prison guards an eagle-eye view could soon be vacant under a plan proposed by Gov. John Kasich.

The state said they are obsolete and provide a false sense of security but union officials said they are vital to guard and prisoner safety, 10TV’s Chuck Strickler reported.

The guard towers at the Southern […]

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It’s amateur hour in the Governor’s Mansion again.  Today, the Cincinnati Enquirer has a story about how Governor Kasich’s budget is going to result in a huge hits for hospitals which are scheduled to lose nearly half a billion in Medicaid funding.  The story also reports how children’s hospitals like the one in Cincinnati are going to take a  disproportionately larger cut than adult hospitals.

Yes, you’ve read that right, Governor Kasich’s actually penalizes hospitals who provide medical services to children.  This, of course, has to be a huge, horrible mistake, right?  RIGHT?!?

"We didn’t […]

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Ohio law required that Governor Kasich submit to the General Assembly his budget by March 15th, 2011.  Technically, Kasich complied with the law in the narrowest sense of the term.  But Kasich’s budget is still largely a mystery to most seasoned budget watchers for one simple reason.

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So the Dispatch has a story about how Kasich’s “Jobs” budget is running into the Law of Unintended Consequences.  For example, Kasich’s budget calls for 2% of employer pension contributions to be shifted over to employees.  How does this create jobs?  Kasich doesn’t even offer an explanation. It just helps Kasich balance the budget by, again, simply mandating that someone else pick up the State’s spending.

Anyway, the pensions have a requirement that they can pay off their obligations within thirty years.  If not, they have to make adjustments to their contributions and/or benefits, which, after the battering […]

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Meanwhile, in D.C….

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We’ve been focused on events in Columbus lately, because honestly, that’s where the news has been. That doesn’t mean the Ohio delegation in Washington should think we’ve lost interest. You might ask, well, what have they been up to? Did a Republican really call Tea Party Conservatives “knuckle draggers?” Did somebody really push for expanding nuclear power on the very day the earthquake struck Japan? Did Jean Schmidt show the briefest flash of sanity? Can you really find one main point and two supporting links for each and every one of them? Well…

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