From the daily archives: Thursday, July 7, 2011

With the Kasich budget beginning on July 1st, let’s not forget that means the Strickland budget ended on June 30th.  So, according to John Kasich’s own OBM director, what did the State end up with at the end of the last Strickland budget:

$973 million surplus.

Wait, shouldn’t that be $8 billion in the red?  We kept hearing about what a horrible fiscal shape the Strickland Administration left Ohio in, but when it’s all said and done, the Strickland Administration left such a large surplus that the State came in with revenues 5.8% larger than projected when it was […]

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What in God’s name is going on with the amendment to repeal the insurance mandate? To review, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was the health-care reform law signed  last year by President Obama that, amongst many other reform measures, requires individuals to purchase insurance starting in 2014. Well, it seems that the Ohio Project, the group responsible for collecting signatures to put the amendment on the ballot, forgot to look into the constitutionality of the amendment.  This is from the Dispatch this morning:

Even if the amendment is approved in November, the fight won’t be over. Many believe […]

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Over a year ago, the Plain Dealer published what may turn out to be a prophetic story, because for their next act, Republicans in the Ohio General Assembly will be making an effort to place a Constitutional amendment on the ballot during next year’s primary, an election that should see a majority of their base turn out to select their presidential candidate.  The amendment is simply the first step in the process of overhauling the practice of law in Ohio.  Once the oversight of the practice of law is removed from the Constitution (by vote) and successfully entrenched […]

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On April 16, 2009, the Columbus Dispatch ran a piece titled:

Private lawyer helped craft school plan, GOP questions cost, suspects subterfuge

The article is basically a collection of statements from Republicans railing against Governor Strickland over the hiring of a private attorney to help work on budget language. The attorney, hired from Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, was paid $49,275 to help craft the school funding language in Governor Strickland’s budget.

And, as the headline suggests, the article deals with criticisms from Republicans about the need, cost and lack of transparency associated with hiring outside counsel to assist with […]

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