Tonight we’re getting the results from a number of special elections being held around the state and the results tell the tale of the Kasich budget in a nutshell:
- step 1 – cut taxes on the wealthy, privatize everything, give your staff raises, keep state government the same size and pass the tough choices down to the locals in the form of reduced school funding and revenue-sharing
- step 2 – as tax collections come in ahead of forecast, amass a war chest in the state’s rainy day fund but refuse to share any of it
- step 3 – watch as local communities make painful cuts and/or increase taxes
Sure enough, it’s all playing out according to plan.
Today, 55 tax questions were on ballots around the state, including a number that are truly heartbreaking if you dig into them at all.
Here’s one little bit of good news, sort of.
Today, suffering from over $1 million in state cuts and facing more, incredibly harsh cuts down the road, residents of the Buckeye Local School District in Medina County passed their first levy in 18 years, imposing a new, 7.9 mill emergency levy that increases taxes by $248 per year on the owner of a $100,000 home.
If the levy had failed, art, music, gym and honors classes would have been eliminated and pay-to-play fees for sports and activities increased. The school day would have been reduced to the state minimum 5 1/2 hours, sending kids home at 1 p.m. without lunch. This means huge child care hassles (and expense) for parents and teenagers running loose all afternoon, which, as we know, always turns out really well.
This is what public education under Kasich and the GOP will look like. All so the wealthy can get an income tax cut and maybe create some jobs. Jobs that no Ohioan will be qualified for because their schools were not up to the task.
The good news for the kids of Buckeye Local is that the levy passed. The bad news is that residents will pay an extra $248 in taxes — Kasich taxes. A needless tax increase that could have been avoided if Governor Kasich would open up the state’s purse strings and share some of the money he’s stockpiling for the income tax he’d love to give you right before his reelection. Kasich’s income tax cut, by the way, will amount to around $40 a year for the average taxpayer, far less than their taxes will go up at the local level
Buckeye Local represents a near-miss for the kids in Medina County and is a snapshot of what’s to come for the rest of Ohio.