From the daily archives: Thursday, December 13, 2012

Ohio’s Conservatives are not happy with John Kasich’s plan to raise taxes on oil and gas companies and they might turn out to be the loudest opponents of the governor’s recently released turnpike plans as well.

In a letter to Kasich this week, Tom Zawistowski, President of the Ohio Liberty Coalition, called the governor’s reasoning for raising the severance tax on oil and gas companies “disingenuous”, “not consistent with conservative values” and “quite offensive to those of us in the conservative movement who supported your election.”

Chris Littleton called the severance tax plan a “wealth redistribution scheme”.

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Back in 2009 a group of former Blackwell staffers and Kasich allies started a group called Let Ohio Vote.  They claimed they were concerned with a provision in the newly passed state budget that allowed video lottery terminals at Ohio’s racetracks.  So concerned, in fact, that they felt the provision needed to be put on the ballot so Ohioans could decide if it was good for the state.

The VLT plan was developed with bi-partisan support from the Strickland administration and Republicans in the legislature and was intended to provide a long-term revenue stream for the state that would immediately help compensate for […]

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Kasich is scheduled to make stops in Toledo, Cleveland and Youngstown tomorrow to announce his plans for the turnpike.  He will be speaking at Modern Building Supply in Toledo, the Western Reserve Fire Museum and Education Center in Cleveland and Cerni Motors in Youngstown at 10:15AM, 12:45PM and 3:45PM respectively.

According to Laura Bischoff from the Dayton Daily News, Governor Kasich will be using the state plane for his trip.  Bischoff reported last year that Kasich spent $2,199.50 on a single trip from Columbus to Cleveland.  A three-city tour could easily exceed $5,000 if he flies to all the events.   But hey, that’s nothing […]

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