Budish challenges Speaker Batchelder to back up their talk yesterday with action.  He has asked the Legislative Service Commission (LSC) to draft a bill to repeal SB 5 and asked the majority to call the General Assembly to pass it in order to wipe the slate clean and give labor and the Republicans the opportunity to negotiate a compromise to Senate Bill 5 like Batchelder and Niehaus have indicated.

“If Gov. Kasich and Republican legislative leaders are serious about compromising on Senate Bill 5, they will take the first necessary step and reconvene the legislature to completely repeal this bill,” said Budish. “Upon the complete legislative repeal of SB 5, we can then begin to do what should have been done 8 months ago, and have an open and honest discussion with those affected by these proposed law changes.”

“I’m pleased that Gov. Kasich and Republican legislative leaders recognize that this is a flawed bill, but asking for a compromise without taking the first concrete step to repeal this bill is disingenuous,” said Budish.  “Given the very limited time frame, I’m concerned that their request to meet is more of a publicity stunt than a sincere effort to reach common-ground.”

The deadline to remove the Senate Bill 5 referendum from the Nov. 8 ballot is August 30, less than two weeks away.  Leader Budish indicated his willingness to work together to get members back to Columbus and support repeal efforts.

The problem with a bluff is you don’t have a plan if someone calls it.  And that’s the mistake Kasich, Batchelder, and Niehaus are just figuring out.  Labor and Democrats have taken the talk about a compromise and turned it to their advantage and now have painted the GOP in a corner where they either have to repeal SB 5 or admit their talk about “compromise” on SB 5 was just a slick political p.r. move.

GOP: “We want to talk with labor on SB 5 because we want to show we’re reasonable and willing to compromise.”

Democrats/Labor: “Ok… let’s reset everything back to zero and start over by repealing SB 5”

GOP: “Well, we hadn’t really planned on that…”

Democrats: “Oh, that’s okay, we’ve got a bill right here to do just that…. Hello?  HELLO?  Huh.  They must have hung up.”

Oops.

  • Anonymous

    SEE! not fit to be the state dogcatcher ,let alone governor!The whole country is watching you idiot !

  • And if they do after they repel the bill we need to say “what? talk? Bahahhahahahahahahahaha!!!!!”

  • Vel

    Budish is my hero!!  The fact that the GOP’s surrender terms did not include asking Democracts to join the negotiation table should be marked and remembered by all the Statehouse Dems.  The only acceptable bill passed by the GOP as any part of any negotiation must be utter and total repeal of the vile SB5. 

    I hope that the GOP does not repeal it though.  Let’s have an election.  Let’s humiliate Kasich in front of the entire country.

  • Hungry Coyote

    Judging from the articles I have been reading in the Columbus Dispatch and The Plain Dealer, and the talking points the trolls are posting in regards to these articles, it is pretty obvious that Kasich and his buddies have no intention of compromising. What we are seeing is the kick off to their campaign to keep SB5 the law in Ohio. These guys are not afraid to sling horse manure so I’m expecting a very slimey smear campaign to be run against the state employees. The truth has already been thrown out the window. I starting to get a little gray and I’ve seen a lot of campaigns where political rivals play dirty with each other, but I gotta say, it makes my stomach turn to see politicians smear the very citizens there were supposed to be serving in order to impose their will upon them. These people are trying to steal our country from us and the Ohio media is complicit.

  • Hungry Coyote

    Judging from the articles I have been reading in the Columbus Dispatch and The Plain Dealer, and the talking points the trolls are posting in regards to these articles, it is pretty obvious that Kasich and his buddies have no intention of compromising. What we are seeing is the kick off to their campaign to keep SB5 the law in Ohio. These guys are not afraid to sling horse manure so I’m expecting a very slimey smear campaign to be run against the state employees. The truth has already been thrown out the window. I starting to get a little gray and I’ve seen a lot of campaigns where political rivals play dirty with each other, but I gotta say, it makes my stomach turn to see politicians smear the very citizens there were supposed to be serving in order to impose their will upon them. These people are trying to steal our country from us and the Ohio media is complicit.

  • Anonymous

    Well played, Budish!

  • Annekarina

    Ya know.  They have been attempting to run a smear campaign.  It has been severely backfiring.  Ohio public is or ought to be tired of the smear and the ones smearing.  It is mean, stupid and extremely boring.  Folks are tired, Extremely Tired, of being threatened with the loss of jobs, opportunity and livlihoods.  And tired of being told and held up to public examination that they are just somehow unacceptable at doing their jobs when they teach our children to read, write and count and more, and put their lives at risk for us every single day without a second thought…ya know…it is just tiring and I, for one, have heard enough.  Take off the shackles and let people do their jobs.

  • Annekarina

    Well, people went into discussions with Governor Strickland.  But they were discussions with different outcomes and they were not told that it was going to be a certain way or they were going to be thrown under “the bus”.  Thing is Governor Strictland did not go in with the intent to destroy something very important that he needed with the people he was negotiating with.  He needed their trust.  Apparently, he kept that.  And apparently he kept their respect also.  Two great signs of a good negotiator.  Something this present one appears to lack.

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