Last fall, we were originally told that Kasich’s JobsOhio program would be self-funding with a good portion of the money coming from private investors.
When the budget was introduced, we were then told they’d actually be using funding from the State’s Third Frontier program and profits from liquor sales.
The liquor profit scheme they came up with is complex and tricky and involves giving JobsOhio control of Ohio’s liquor profits against which it will sell bonds to raise money to pay the state for a lease on the profits. And the leftover capital for operating costs.
We predicted […]Full Story... →
Bill O’Neill is a Registered Nurse working in a Pediatric Emergency Department in Northeast Ohio. He has first hand experience with the problems facing emergency rooms – and with the medical system as a whole. He also has a little experience with the law, having spent ten years as a Judge serving on the 11th District Court of Appeals in Warren.
Needless to say, Judge William O’Neill’s experience provides him with a pretty unique perspective on Issue 3, the dangerous, Tea Party-driven, anti-“Obamacare” amendment that appears on the November ballot.
Judge O’Neill recently sent us a letter about Issue […]Full Story... →
After we broke the story about the Senate staffers’ salaries, Senate President Tom Niehaus said they were necessary and in line with SB 5’s “merit-pay” provisions. Governor John Kasich has said essentially the same thing in justifying the huge salaries of his chief-of-staff Beth Hansen (when compared to Strickland’s chief-of-staff) and Jai Chabria, the “special” assistant to the Governor (who makes more money than… the Governor.)
I’m trying to conceptualize how this “merit-pay” thing works in this instance for these positions. So, will Ohio Senate Communication Director Jason Mauk, Hansen, and Chabria have to take a pay cut […]Full Story... →
A couple of days ago, we reported on the failed attempts by Issue 2 supporters to discredit a report on Ohio’s public employee compensation released in February of this year. They tried to claim the report was purchased by Issue 2 opponents at a convenient time and from a questionable policy institution and author. As you can read in our previous post, none of their allegations can be substantiated, and the EPI report by Jeffrey Keefe stands up to scrutiny.
Issue 2 supporters, especially the lead organization Building a Better Ohio, have chosen to ignore that […]Full Story... →
By now, you have no doubt heard Kasich’s talking point about public employee pensions. The Better Ohio website states “Issue 2 simply says government employees should pay their required share (10 percent) and taxpayers will contribute the employer share (14 percent).” They are hammering this home lately as though it is the greatest idea they have ever had and no one had ever thought of it until now.
We simply say that those who are selling Issue 2 on the premise that it is needed to reform state pension funds are completely (100 percent) ignorant.
Issue 2 opponents are quick […]Full Story... →
Chris Littleton got amazingly lucky this year.
For nearly a year, Littleton, the co-founder of the Ohio Liberty Council – a conglomeration of Tea Party groups in Ohio – had been trying, with limited success, to collect enough signatures to get his ‘anti-Obamacare’ constitutional amendment on the ballot in Ohio.
Then Kasich and Ohio’s Republicans pushed through Senate Bill 5, the bill that effectively bans collective bargaining for Ohio’s public workers. In response, 1.2 million Ohioans signed petitions for what would eventually become Issue 2 – the ballot measure to repeal Senate Bill 5.
Realizing they were suddenly in […]Full Story... →
Issue 2 supporters are getting more desperate every day, but instead of limiting their attacks on public employees and unions, they are now attacking the author of an independent report that shows that Ohio’s public-sector and private-sector employees receive comparable amounts in compensation. Naturally, Issue 2 supporters hate this data and would like to do nothing more than to refute its accuracy. Since they have been unable to discredit the calculations, they are resorting to smear tactics against the author, Dr. Jeffery Keene, and We Are Ohio in a Hail-Mary attempt at scuttling the research.
We referenced Dr. Keene’s research in […]Full Story... →
Back in the end of July, the Columbus Dispatch did an insightful story on how Building a Better Ohio was planning on getting voters to approve Issue 2 at the polls:
The group formed to defend Senate Bill 5 believes the same Quinnipiac University poll released July 20 that showed voters favor repeal of Ohio’s new collective-bargaining law by 24 points also provides a road map of “pressure points” that can change minds before the Nov. 8 referendum.
And with three months until the vote and a $20 million budget, the coalition of Gov. John Kasich confidants and […]Full Story... →
What we saw in the conservative backlash against Mitt Romney’s temporary non-endorsement of Issue 2 is that the national conservative movement has made public support of Issue 2 in Ohio, which polls at 36% support presently (and pretty consistently), a litmus test for any ’12 GOP Presidential candidate to be considered viable. There can be no greater and more sound political strategy than mandating the ’12 GOP presidential candidates endorse an issue that is twenty to twenty-five points down in the polls right before the election in a battleground state that no Republican nominee has ever won the presidency without […]Full Story... →
When people start tossing the ghost of the ’05 RON amendments as a reason to believe Issue 2 may still be a genuine race, they’re basically make the same argument as someone citing “Dewey Defeats Truman.” Here’s all the reasons the “ghost of RON” shouldn’t be spooking We Are Ohio’s supporters this Halloween.Full Story... →
John Kasich’s latest commercial trying to convince Ohioans to support Issue 2 is the second in a row to cite a debunked report and continues to blatantly LIE when it claims that “Government employees make 43% more in wages and benefits than the rest of us.”
First of all, we accept that Kasich and Building a Better Ohio will lie, but their inaccuracy in doing so is maddening. Before we explain the lies that comprise it, the fallacious report actually claims that public employees make 31.2% more than what that employee might receive in the private sector:
We […]Full Story... →
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