Ohio’s Republican-controlled legislature passed a new, two-year budget today that would increase state spending to record levels, potentially violating a state law implemented by other Republicans nine years ago. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, five Republicans voted against it and three “Democrats” voted for it. (More on that soon)
Ohio’s (Republican-driven) State Appropriation Limit (SAL) law, passed in 2006, was supposed to put a cap on General Revenue Fund (GRF) spending increases in Ohio at 3.5%. Under Governor Strickland this wasn’t an issue. Faced with a global economic crisis, Ohio’s last Democratic governor confronted the problem head-on: reducing state spending and becoming the only governor, Democrat or Republican, to cut state spending in Ohio in FOUR DECADES!
Now in control of the Governor’s Office and the Ohio Legislature, Republicans have taken a different approach.
At a proposed $71.5 billion in GRF spending, the latest revision of the biennial budget bill, passed the Ohio House today, could potentially cost the state far more than Democratic Governor Strickland’s final budget of $50 Billion GRF. It also far exceeds the 3.5% SAL spending limit imposed nearly a decade ago.
According to the Legislative Service Commission’s (LSC) review of Kasich’s proposed 2016/2017 budget: “Governor Kasich recommends GRF appropriations of $35.3 billion in FY 2016 (a 12.5% increase over estimated FY 2015 spending) and $37.0 billion in FY 2017 (a 4.8% increase over FY 2016).”
While it is true the Ohio House cut Kasich’s budget down slightly, it still far exceeds the limits set by the 2006 SAL law.
Looking for some additional facts about the budget? Here we go:
Fact: GRF Spending in Ohio has gone up $20+ billion dollars since Kasich took office (from 50B to around 71B dollars)…. or 43%!
Fact: Ohio has trailed the nation for 29 months in job growth numbers.
Fact: The U.S. recovered all of the jobs lost during the great recession last year, Ohio is still down tens of thousands of jobs.
Fact: John Kasich is running for president on this record.
mmm…. not so much.