From the daily archives: Tuesday, April 26, 2011

During his 100 day celebration, after declaring his need to avoid “unforced errors,” Governor Kasich suggested that part of what SB 5 did was bring state government benefits more in line with the “shabby” benefits of private workers like a waitress at Bob Evans.  By bringing Ohio’s public employee union benefits, to the “shabby” benefits of minimum wage, non-union jobs like the waitress at Bob Evans saves the State money, Kasich argued.

(Source: Marc Kovac @ Ohio Capital Blog)

So, would the State of Ohio save money if it provided benefits like Bob Evans does?  No.


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Atlas Bombed

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A zealous fan with more money than he knows what to do with invests millions of his own money in making a big screen movie adaption to spread the word of a literary tome with a cult-like following in the hopes of making a trilogy that will spread the cultural influence of the literary work to a much broader audience than has every received it and becomes part of the pop culture vernacular, only to see the first movie lose millions of dollars and bomb straight out of the gate.

What’s the difference between Atlas Shrugged: Part I and Battlefield Earth? Battlefield Earth is the only one that has at least covered 30% of its costs in box office revenues.

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Today, Wentzel Strategies, a pollster that has a rather unproven track record in Ohio (although did predict that Gibbs was a formable opponent to Zach Space last year) shows a mixed bag for the ‘12 re-election prospects for Sherrod Brown.

In head-t0-head matchups against Lt. Governor Mary Taylor, State Treasurer Josh Mandel, and ‘06 GOP gubernatorial nominee/former Secretary of State Ken Blackwell,  Brown is easily ahead by a thirteen to fifteen point margin, depending on the GOP opponent.  Brown polls right at the magical 50% mark, while the GOP candidate polls in the mid thirties.

Wentzel further shows that […]

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Last Wednesday, InnovationOhio issued a press release attacking the Bureau of Workers Compensation budget (which like ODOT’s budget is considered separate from the rest of the State’s budget) for including nearly $1 million in funding for the Workers Compensation Council, an agency that presently has no director or staff whatsoever.

As this is the legislative baby of Speaker Batchelder and other conservative Republicans in the House, InnovationOhio’s press release was immediately attacked by State Representative Lynn Wachtmann (R-Napoleon) who attacked InnovationOhio was against “spending a few thousand dollars to protect injured workers.”

Which is, of course, hogwash.  […]

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The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that the Cincinnati Public School District is eliminating 145 teaching positions and thirty additional staff positions, all through attrition.  The Enquirer cites anticipated cuts in state funding in education as part of the reason.  Nearby Princeton School District has already announced a layoff of 100.  In a separate story, the Northwest School District in Hamilton County announced the elimination of 51 positions, 18 of which are teachers who will be laid off.

In today’s Dayton Daily News, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections announced the elimination of 50 positions, all through attrition, […]

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