John Kasich and his team have been claiming that Ohio is in the “top 10 [in spending] in dollars in the bureaucracy and red tape.”
According to Politifact, that information is coming from a state-by-state analysis of data from the 2007-2008 school year and is three years old.
According to the most recent U.S. Department of Education statistics, Ohio is actually 12th in the amount spent on administrative costs.
It seems like a small oversight, and Politifact gives Kasich the benefit of the doubt and calls his statement “mostly true”. If this really was an honest mistake, and the first time he’d done it, I’d do the same thing.
But this is not the first time. Not by a long shot. This is part of a pattern of intentionally dishonest statements being promoted and repeated by Kasich and his team – and it’s been going on for months.
We reported last week that John Kasich is using six year old data to support his claim that Ohio’s state and local income taxes are the 7th highest in the nation. (It turns out we’re actually below the national average)
They also continue quoting SB5 cost savings estimates that were prepared by a Deputy Director as DAS who claimed the estimates were most likely inaccurate and indefensible.
They continue repeating we had an $8 Billion deficit. They continue to claim they have lower staff costs than Strickland. They say state workers are gettings a raise. They said no school district is getting more than an 8% cut.
All of these statements are absolutely false. And the list goes on and on and on.
One or two misstatements by a new administration is certainly to be expected. But we passed that point a long time ago. We are NOT dealing with minor errors or small oversights or almost-truths, as Politifact claims. We’re dealing with a well-planned, well-executed, consciously-decided plan on the part of the administration to distribute and promote incorrect information in support of their policy agenda and it’s time we all stopped calling these statements mistakes and half-truths and started calling them what they are: lies. Period.