Ted Strickland and “A Good Climate for Privatization”
From James Nash in The Dispatch:
A state senator’s suggestion that Ohio privatize the state lottery might be a decent idea, but the time isn’t right, Gov. Ted Strickland said.
Sen. Kevin J. Coughlin, a Cuyahoga Falls Republican who briefly sought Strickland’s job, has proposed that lawmakers put the idea of privatizing the lottery on the ballot. He said the state could pay for college scholarships using money raised through the sale of the lottery.
In a Dispatch interview last week, Strickland said Coughlin’s idea might have merit, but the timing is off.
“I can tell you that this is not a good climate to privatize anything,” Strickland said. “If you have an asset that you want to privatize, you don’t do it in the middle of a recession.”
The problem here is, Ted Strickland believes privatization is never the answer. He frequently refers to school choice as “undemocratic” and cut funding for non-private schools by 500% more than his cuts to public schools in the recent budget. Strickland also opposed Ken Blackwell’s proposal to lease the Ohio Turnpike in 2006- Which was before the recession and while the bond market was much stronger- and could have raised $6 billion.
This is not to say I’m in favor of the state having a slush fund to waste, which is probably would have be done under Gov. Strickland’s leadership, if his use of stimulus Obamabucks is any indication. However, privatization of the turnpike in Indiana is one of the things that helped Indiana report a $1.3 billion dollar surplus and made Gov. Mitch Daniels into perhaps the best Governor in America.
Ted Strickland doesn’t want to prioritize in a recession. And Ted Strickland doesn’t want to privatize in a booming economy. Why? Because in the short-run, Ted Strickland knows that prudent fiscal decisions aren’t necessary when President Obama can write our state another damn mandate-riddled check.
Ted Strickland wants the state to control the lottery, because there are a lot of fund raising opportunities with companies such as Interlot for Democrats when it comes to the producers of lottery machines. In fact, I bet this debate has a great impact on Kim and Chris Redfern’s lobbying income. Plus, piles of lottery tickets are a sweet way for state officials to bribe officers to get out of speeding tickets.