From the daily archives: Wednesday, June 19, 2013

(Author’s note: I tried several times and failed to get the Columbus Dispatch to publish the item below and an earlier version as a letter to the editor or a guest column.  As long as the Dispatch continues to protect Gov. Kasich in battleground central Ohio, it will be very difficult to defeat him for re-election in 2014. It is not surprising that a recent Gallup survey showed that only 23 percent of Americans trust newspapers. While the Dispatch declined to comment the JobsOhio blackout legislation, it ran an editorial June 19 titled “No justification for secrecy,” regarding gun-record legislation. […]

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The Investigative Reporters and Editors has released the list of finalists for its inaugural Golden Padlock Award honoring a U.S. government agency for its unrelenting commitment to undermining the public’s right to know.  And RobsOhio was listed at the top of the list, getting special mention given the recent effort of Governor Kasich and the Ohio Republican legislature to even shield it from audit by a Republican State Auditor.

JobsOhio has four competitors: the New Jersey Transit System (which redacted an entire report on hurricane preparedness except for the title), a Georgia County tax official, and […]

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So the Republicans want to wait on Medicaid expansion until we curb Medicaid cost growth.

The cost curve on Medicaid is bent. How about just state spending?

But wait, most Medicaid spending is on ABD (Aged, Blind, and Disabled). What about spending only on Covered Families and Children–the group most likely to be covered by expansion?

 

Seriously, I don’t know what they’re talking about.

Medicaid is simple. It’s 1) people who use a lot of health care (pregnant women, elderly persons, disabled persons) and 2) people who use […]

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Today the House-Senate conference committee on the State budget met to begin discussing how to bridge the gaps between the stark differences between the budget the Republican House passed and the Republican Senate passed (the only things they seemed to have in common was an utter rejection of Kasich’s budget proposal across the board and numerous ways to attack the reproductive and health rights of Ohio women).

As is customary, the conference committee begins with an update from both the Administration’s Office of Management & Budget and the nonpartisan Legislative Service Commission on projections about the economy and revenues, which […]

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