Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols in today’s Columbus Dispatch tries another whack that isn’t as mockable as the Office of Budget Management spokesman we discussed last night:

"It’s not our job to proofread what a partisan, liberal group chooses to post on its website," Nichols said.

These series of spin by the Kasich Administration when a political embarrassing  budget document surfaces on the left that is reportedly the Kasich Administration’s own document is oddly familiar.

You might recall that this is precisely what they did in response to Joseph’s story in January about how Kasich was inflating the salaries of his top aides.

First, the Administration suggested that the left was just lying and issued non-denials as to the authenticity of their own budget document:

Then suggest that the actual numbers aren’t even available yet, but start to spin how they are.

After that, you quietly release the numbers that technically meet your spin but also implicitly confirm that the document the left produced was actually authentic all along.

That’s what occurred in the salary story, and it seems to be precisely what is going on in the K-12 except this time they intentionally put out a deceptively misleading budget document that omitted the two biggest areas of funding cuts first and denied they had any projections yet that included them.

I bet when the Kasich Administration finally releases an accurate school district projection that includes the stimulus and tangible property tax raids, etc., it’ll be slightly different from Innovation Ohio in some entries, but not substantially overall.  They’ll tweak their formula for no other reason that to avoid confirming what Innovation Ohio put out yesterday, just as they made slight changes to the staff salaries in a few positions. 

But again, will that be enough to lose the point Innovation Ohio was making, which is that the Administration is engaged in an intentionally deceptive campaign about the impact their budget has on K-12 education, and that the Administration is more aware of the total fiscal impact than they’re willing to publicly admit.

The reality is that never before in Ohio’s history has an Administration been this late in releasing statutory language for their budget or by providing school districts with reliable projections.  I’m starting to wonder if they’re intentionally stalling to hope that school districts can’t make the deadline to put levies on the ballot this fall in response.

It’s déjà vu.

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  • Anonymous

    Or is it possible they are waiting for spring break?

    Starting Monday, and over the next 3 weeks, various school districts all over Ohio will close for more than a week. Why not release a controversial budget-slashing bill and launch hearings while the very experts who can mull it over and spot its flaws are not working?

    If this happens, Ohio school superintendents and admins better be ready to get their asses to work for a day or two.

    SB5’s central theory, which Jones has articulated to school officials, is simple: Union-busting will hand local district’s the tools they need to save their budgets and thus avoid asking voters for more funding. Dissolved teacher unions, and the consequent slashing of the most expensive teachers, cheaper (or no) health care costs to districts, etc. are the pivot around which all of SB5’s other mechanisms revolve.

    It’s bullshit, but that’s the theory.

  • GreenIris

    It’s the PeeWee Herman defense (with all apologies to PeeWee Herman)

    “I know you are but what am I?”

  • Littleguy

    There is nice article in the springfield sun with the Springfield superintendent saying the governor is lying too. Supposedly some TV video but I haven’t found it. Here is link:


  • see his kids are helping him out again

  • Annekarima

    Actually there is a pattern to his speech. If you listen you may find whether or not he appears to be truthful.

  • Annekarima

    Actually reminds of a song from that time long ago…”Oh the games people play now…never meaning what they say now….never saying what they mean…”

  • AveJoeCEO

    My question is when does this become criminal behavior??

  • Anonymous

    You better watch it your showing your age. Of course I should know because I absolutely remember that song and it fits perfectly!

  • Anonymous

    My ex-husband wasis a habitual liar. When I listen to King John I hear the very same bullshit. He almost believes his own lies. Problem is once you know a liar you can spot them a mile away. This case I could spot him all the way from little old Dover Ohio.

  • Anonymous

    Like I said once you know a habitual liar you can spot them a mile away.

  • dlw

    Don’t you figure he’s waiting on the SB5 vote? He’s such an incredible narcissist that I see him assuming that it will go through and go immediately into effect… at which point he can release his crazy budget.

    Any rumors on the new state super? Will it be Sommers?

  • Anonymous

    The Kasich administration is making it so tough for school districts, superintendents, teachers, and tax payers that his lifeline to save them will be district consolidation. Behind all the secrecy, b.s., and playing with our money, it sort of reminds you of how they operate on Wall Street.

  • Anastasjoy

    As the Cleveland Plainly Republican said when it ENDORSED him,”It’s hard to know what’s core belief, what’s hot air, and whether he knows the difference.”

    Yes, and then the ENDORSED him.

    They would probably have told you to stay with your ex-husband too.

  • Anastasjoy

    My sisters and I were using that before anyone ever heard of PeeWee Herman. And it’s been around much longer than us!

  • Anastasjoy

    I’m hoping soon. Indictment is our only out, since Ohio has no recall.

  • Annekarima

    Kasich remembers it too. Didn’t learn.

  • mvirenicus

    did anyone else notice that the buckeyes took a dive in the mens ncaa basketball tournament?

  • why yes. i most certainly did. 😉

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