From the monthly archives: June 2013

Showing just how much they LOVE transparency, Senate Republicans chose to block broadcasts of budget conference committee hearings last week.   A spokesman for Senate President Faber “did not list any specific concerns” that were being addressed by killing the broadcasts.

So while Republican legislators hashed out their plan to increase taxes on the poor and elderly, cameras in the hearing room were physically covered with bags.

Because… Transparency!


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About a month ago, Joe wrote this lede in describing JobsOhio’s first quarterly report this year:

Imagine if you had a multimillion dollar empire with no accountability or transparency except once a quarter you had to issue a public report in which you graded yourself on metrics you got to choose and nobody outside of your organization had any way to independently verify.  Now, imagine you still had to go out there and basically give yourself a D and admit that you’re doing much worse today than you were most of last year.  Congratulations, now you know what […]

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Earlier this week the Dayton Daily News reported that Ohio recently saw its population of young adults rise by 2% after seeing a severe drop in that age group (ages 20 to 34) over the previous two decades.   The paper reasoned that an improving economy might  be helping to reverse “the much-dreaded brain drain.”

John Kasich’s campaign jumped at the news, sending out a fundraising email (see below) claiming responsibility for the reversing trend and citing a completely unrelated and totally subjective ranking given by CEO Magazine as proof.

One fact you won’t read in the Kasich/Taylor email: […]

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John Kasich has a new Jindal-Lite plan to raise taxes on Ohioans, and the legislature has 1 week to mull it over.

The conference committee for the Ohio budget has reported out a plan with completely different tax provisions than either chamber. It dramatically raises sales taxes and property taxes to finance a tax cut for business investors and an income tax cut for the rich, with a number of other brand new changes.

Whose taxes are going up?

Pays sales tax Doesn’t pay sales tax Ohioans who buy things Non-Ohioans People with no […]

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In a country where more and more people are living in poverty, why is the GOP branding itself as the party that hates the poor?

Increasingly threatened by demographic changes, since November the GOP has sought to make inroads among Latinos while not losing more ground with America’s women. But their latest move will merely reinforce that they stand for punitive policies that target exactly these demographic groups, as they represent a significant segment of the growing population that is poor.

Today, Republicans in Congress failed to provide enough votes to pass a Farm Bill. House members surprised […]

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It’s been 853 days since Governor Kasich signed legislation into law creating his secretive economic development corporation.  It’s been 507 days since the Ohio Controlling Board approved the contract between JobsOhio and the Ohio Development Services Agencies giving JobsOhio legal authority to offer loans and grants as incentives for economic development.  At the same time, it also approved the contract covering the securitization of the State’s liquor profits to JobsOhio giving it a massive income stream to provide funds to make those loans and grants.

It’s been 139 days since JobsOhio said it completed the liquor profits transfer so it […]

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When I arrived in Ohio from Indiana a long time ago to work on the Columbus Citizen (now no more than a memory) the second thing I learned was that OSU not only referred to Ohio State University but also Ohio’s Sacrosanct University.  That was after I first learned how  difficult it would be to fit some sort of pre-made cover over the big picture window facing the street from our most modest rental home.

As a  graduate of the University of Illinois, another Big 10 school, I had taken no more then a casual interest in the Illini’s football team. […]

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(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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