SB5 Attack of the Clones

After giving it some thought, the Republicans apparently realized that cloning SB 5 and putting it into the budget was a really, really, really, bad idea.

According to today’s Columbus Dispatch, Speaker Batchelder unceremoniously dashed the Governor’s hope of having the Republicans embed cloned parts of SB 5 into the State budget to force a second referendum.

“In our caucus, I think there would be a reluctance to try to block something from referendum,” Batchelder said of House Republicans. “I used to vote against almost every emergency clause because it barred people from a referendum.”

In other words, Governor, we helped you pass this thing; it’s up to convince Ohio’s not to veto it this November.  A few days ago, Rachel Maddow had a segment about why politically it was a colossally horrible idea for the Republicans to have SB 5 on the ballot in Ohio: the ‘12 Presidential election.

I’m not one to quibble with Rachel, but I think she’s giving the Republicans in the Ohio legislature too much credit.  They’re not keeping SB 5 off the ballot next year to help the yet-to-be-decided GOP Presidential candidate in Ohio.  They’re doing it because they don’t want to be on the same ballot as SB 5.  The Republicans have a nine-seat majority that they’ve got the redistricting pen and not much else to protect them.  It’s not the Republican presidential candidate  they are worried about; they’re too busy worrying about their own re-election.

Can’t you imagine how hard it would be to run for re-election while trying to explain to your constituents why you voted to attempt to frustrate their right to referendum by forcing the issue on the ballot twice?  It’s bad enough that Kasich is forcing them to take the heat next year over SB 5, but when Kasich asked them to clone SB 5, that’s when things got too hot for them.  Because while that, too, might have been Kasich’s idea, it would be the House GOP that would most take the political heat for Kasich’s will of the voter frustrating maneuver.  The House GOP told Kasich: No way. 

If you read the rest of the Dispatch’s article, you can see the fault lines building between the bond between the Governor and his Republican brethren in the General Assembly.  They don’t like the heat they’re getting from parents over his education budget, or the heat they’re getting from local politicians furious over Kasich’s local government budget slashing. 

As a result, the House Republicans find themselves now openly hoping the Strickland recovery continues to gain steam enough that Ohio’s budget forecast improves even further and they can, as House Finance Chair Ron Amstutz put it “smooth” the “sharp edges” of Kasich’s budget some.

So, the GOP legislative caucuses have made it clear: it’s 2011 or bust for SB 5, and they’re hoping by the time they actually have to pass a State budget, the Strickland recovery can make them spend more money than under Kasich’s “transformative” budget.

  • Jdeyoung

    I received the following information last week from OEA;

    THE STATE BUDGET PROPOSAL REMOVES TEACHER SALARIES FROM COLLECTIVE BARGAINING! That’s right, current language in the budget bill (HB 153) will totally eliminate the ability of local associations to bargain salary. Instead, it would provide the authority to local school boards to annually adopt a teachers’ salary schedule with a minimum and maximum salary for each category of licensure (e.g. resident, professional, senior and lead) and designate salary placement for each teacher based on yet-to-be-determined evaluations, “highly qualified” status, and any other relevant factors, such as class size or assignment to hard-to-staff districts, subjects or at-risk students. These requirements supersede conflicting provisions of collective bargaining agreements entered into on or after the effective date of the bill (ORC 3317.14).

    Do you know if this language is still in the bill?

    Thanks.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, the OEA is correct that the budget bill contains a number of provisions that would institute merit-pay that is very identical conceptually to the merit-pay provisions in SB 5.

    We wrote about these provisions in this post, if that helps: http://www.plunderbund.com/2011/04/06/kasich-lets-start-passing-provisions-of-sb-5-the-state-budget-gop-speaker-sounds-like-a-great-idea/

  • Anon

    Good luck with the Strickland recovery what is left of it. Since other tax payers like teachers, firefighters, and sanitation workers won’t be making as much money or are fired, that is less tax revenue, less consumer spending, more foreclosures, more shrinking property tax bases. This is because of decreasing property values because of evil rich people and their bankers (oops I mean bank robbers) stealing all of the money by causing the bubble and the bursting in 2008, and evil rich people not wanting to pay taxes so that they can create jobs (not so fast) there was no job creation from evil rich people and their tax cuts except for evil radical TGOPers.

  • Enjoyurlastterm!!!

    I borrowed this from a friend on facebook, “Remember when teachers, firefighters, police officers , public employees, Planned Parenthood, NPR and PBS crashed the stock market, wiped out half of our 401Ks, took trillions in TARP money, spilled oil in the Gulf of Mexico, gave themselves billions in bonuses, and paid no taxes? Yeah, me neither!” No one seems to remember this except for those in support of SB5 because it NEVER HAPPENED!!! I wouldn’t want to be on the ballot with a fictitious document that has been supported with nothing but lies (that I voted for) either! Poor little SOBs feeling nervous because they sold their soul to the devil…now what was it that my mother always told me…hmm…something like, “what goes around always comes back around???” WE WILL REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER!!!

  • Adrienne

    Wow, awesome rant, Enjoy

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