Many Ohioans were shocked when John Kasich released details of his first budget in March 2011, but none so much as local leaders who were suddenly faced with huge deficits in their own budgets as a result of Kasich’s large local government fund cuts.
According to Policy Matters Ohio, Allen County lost $21 million in state funding from Kasich’s first budget including “$341,000 less for services to children and seniors” and a “3.84% cut in salaries” for county employees. Schools lost $13.3 million. The cuts ran the gamut from “road repair and emergency services to crossing guards, senior transportation and child protective services”
In Lima, Ohio – the county seat for Allen County – revenue drops accelerated by Kasich’s cuts forced the city to close two of its five firehouses and to demote ten firefighters.
And a $3.8 million budget shortfall in Lima City Schools has forced teacher layoffs and salary cuts.
In Allen County, and Lima especially, the results of Kasich’s first budget are clear: public safety, children and seniors are all on the chopping block. And we don’t expect anything to improve in Kasich’s next budget.
So what better place for Kasich to hold his 2013 State of the State address?