From the daily archives: Saturday, March 3, 2012

Calling the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA; popularly referred to as Obamacare) an act of Socialism has been a favorite activity of Republicans since its creation a couple of years ago.  While the piece of the act that includes the mandate for individuals to carry health insurance is still working its way through the court system to determine whether it is Constitutional, GOP talking heads like Glenn Beck and Michele Bachmann consistently agree that the PPACA is a “social scheme” and “the crown jewel of socialism.”

Ohio Capital Blog recently posted video of a protest against the […]

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(Crossposted from Ohio Budget Watch)

Readers of the Dispatch learned this morning that Governor Kasich, as part of his plan to revisit the budget, may seek to increase taxes on oil & gas drillers (aka “frackers”) and use the revenue to cut the state’s income tax.

We wanted to know how much you could reasonably expect to lower income taxes solely by increasing taxes on oil & gas. Unfortunately, the Dispatch must have let the guys with the calculators go home early. So we did the math, and here’s how the numbers work out:

According to a report by Innovation Ohio , […]

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During the release and subsequent discussions about the Ohio Budget last year, the Kasich Administration made no apologies for the cuts they enacted that would adversely impact the budgets of local communities and school districts.  We covered this situation on numerous occasions ourselves, and a simple search for news stories reveals the consistent disdain by Kasich appointees of the appeals of local communities.  Here are some representative samples from the Columbus Dispatch:

The budget director Tim Keen [eliminated the $8 billion deficit] said schools already go to the ballot on a regular basis.  “To me, […]

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