Ted Strickland’s Education Funding & Tax Hikes
As a result of my post yesterday about Strickland’s education cut numbers, I received a number of useful emails, explaining that the extra money concerns the State Fiscal Stabilization Funds, which is the money Ohio would receive for Ohio education under the stimulus programs.
There is still plenty of uncertainty about the numbers, but what it involves is Ohio, under Strickland’s poor leadership, accepted federal stimulus dollars which was tied to spending mandates. When the Supreme Court ruled that the question of VLTs can be brought before voters- and not until November 2010- Ohio won’t meet those requirements, unless a waiver is received to shift the stimulus dollars from Fiscal Year 2010 to Fiscal Year 2011. If the waiver is received, the immediate impact would be reduced, but it would also REQUIRE that the entire loss of revenue to be made up in 2011.
It is very interesting to me why VLTs were tied directly to education funding. As the Ohio lottery and the tobacco settlement money has shown, money is fungible and the state believes it can redirect money when it suits its interest.
But if Strickland wants to blame the LetOhioVote.org lawsuit for education funding problems, he should instead point the finger at himself. He put Ohio on the hook for spending that it couldn’t afford but would still be mandated by the Federal Government well into the future. Strickland, on numerous TV interviews, would mock those conservative Republican governors who refused stimulus dollars because of the attached mandates. But now, he is now personally responsible if Ohio schools truly have a $2.3 billion deficit.
Today, Strickland will hold a press conference where he will at least announce some form of tax hiked in the name of “delayed income tax cuts” and he will pull the plug on slot machines. Who knows what else he will announce, but it is not a good day for Governor Strickland.
- Strickland’s Chicken Coop Math: $930,000,000 Loss in Slot Money = $2.3 Billion Loss for Schools
- Higher Education Funding- Cut It!
- The Oxford Press: “Strickland calls education plan ‘huge success’”
- That Didn’t Take Long: The Republican-Controlled Senate Caved
- Ted Strickland’s Campaign: Liberalism in Action