Posts by: John Michael Spinelli

The trench between proven reality and Republican fairy tale thinking about the magical powers reducing income taxes has on budgets is so wide and deep that it rightfully should be called The Gulf of Ohio.

That gulf of thinking became apparent again when Ohio’s term-limited governor justified in basic Kasich a small business tax giveaway that costs the state one billion in “tax expenditures” each budget cycle. This could better be spent on other higher ROI investments, including more investing in needed infrastructure, restoring public education, tackling the opioid epidemic, and the return of billions the governor stole from […]

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For all Ohioans who are still looking for a job, but who can’t find one because Gov. John Kasich can’t create them nearly fast enough even though he has a billion-dollar, hand-picked, private job creation group (JobsOhio) exempt from public scrutiny at his beck and call, keep holding your breath.

While reports last week on monthly job creation figures released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) spawned headlines about a very minor downward tick in Ohio’s unemployment rate, the news buried in the data shows that the governor’s […]

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The news Friday morning for Gov. John Kasich could have been better, much, much better. But it wasn’t. First, some of his ideas on shared services among communities and schools got axed by Ohio Senate Republicans whose strategy to fill a budget hole gaping at not quite $1 billion – a fiscal abyss created in large part due to years of the governor’s over-the-top income tax cuts – caught Kasich’s newest ideas on the horns of a bull called Austerity.

Friday bore more bad news for Ohio’s lame-duck governor when the Department of Jobs and Family Services released data […]

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Jokes come in all shapes, sizes and durations. Ohio’s term-limited, lame-duck governor loves to joke around, like when he boasted last year running for president about his nation-leading income tax giveaways. He cited them as hallmarks of his two terms in office.

Gov. John Kasich proposed, and the Buckeye State’s very conservative GOP-led legislature went along with a plan to disgorge about $2 billion in tax revenue from small businesses. For some, that program bore an uncanny resemblance to the kind of small, lucrative business run by one of the governor’s inside business buddies, and Drive Capital principle, Full Story...

Democratic candidates for governor next year have seized on a couple whopper issues, including public spending on for-profit charter schools and more funding for opioid treatment services and centers.

Former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton has associated herself with tackling the on-going, decades-old embarrassment of Ohio spending billions upon billions on poor performing for-profit charter schools. Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley has chosen to tackle the opioid epidemic by suing early two dozen drug manufacturers.

Former state Rep. Connie Pillich has promised to campaign in all 88 Ohio counties and defy President Donald Trump should he want […]

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So, how Democratic will Buckeye voters be next year? A little, a lot, or not at all, given the next big election year for Washington is 2020?

If President Donald Trump is still president then because Republicans refuse to impeach him despite having multiple good reasons to remove him from office, he will use the power of the White House to further fuel his infamous bluster, deceptions, and over-the-top rhetoric.

He’ll attempt to win the Electoral College again, a feat he’s boasted he ought not to have won last year since he said it’s rigged against Republicans.

Or will […]

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The Financial Choice Act, a Republican-designed bill that delivers on the long-held promise to dismantle major parts of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law passed in 2010, including gutting the successful Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), won passage Thursday along a nearly party line vote, 233-186.

House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling said, “Every promise of Dodd-Frank has been broken. We will replace economic stagnation with a growing healthy economy.”

On a call Friday morning with reporters, three opponents of the bill detailed how it will harm consumers in Ohio and across the nation.

Wrong […]

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In the wake of President Donald Trump’s ignorant, selfish and destructive decision last week to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accords all nations but two are party to, the wackadoodle governor of the wackadoodle State of California has shown the Buckeye State’s governor what real leadership looks like when it comes to combating climate change.

Gov. Jerry Brown, dubbed “Governor Moonbeam” decades ago when he first became the Golden State’s leader in 1975, is resisting the White House in spectacular fashion, compared to other state leaders who sit idly by or mouth mush […]

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In “The Most Dangerous Game,” one skilled hunter loaded with resources got his kicks when he hunted someone armed only with his wits.

On his weekly conference with reporters when the Senate is in session, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown didn’t stay on-topic as he usually does, but led off with comments reacting to Anthem BlueCross BlueShield’s decision to stop selling healthcare policies on the Ohio exchange market, based on “uncertainty” in Washington as Republicans and President Donald Trump seek to repeal and replace the Affordable Car Act (Obamacare).

In a statement, Anthem cited “uncertainty” […]

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback are both hard-right fiscal conservatives who have chosen to pursue the same path when it comes to cutting income tax rates that disproportionately benefit the wealthiest in each state.

For Gov. Brownback, his Republican colleagues have had enough tax cutting for a while. After six years of cutting taxes and shrinking government, Republican legislators overrode Brownback’s veto of a bill that would undo some of the tax cuts he pushed.

The state Senate and House moved swiftly, The New York Times wrote, voting only hours apart to turn back […]

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By suing nearly two dozen pharmaceutical companies, distributors and pain specialists, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley has set the pace for declared and undeclared Democrats hoping to recapture the Office of Governor of Ohio next year.

Now a declared candidate, Whaley’s lawsuit alleges the defendants “caused the opioid crisis that has killed thousands of Ohioans, drained public resources and wasted taxpayer dollars,” according to a report by the Dayton Daily News.

“We believe the drug companies made this mess, and it is time they stop passing the buck to Ohio’s taxpayers and started paying to clean it up,” Whaley said. […]

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