The Dayton Daily News has an interesting column from Bill Hershey about the political fates of Ted Strickland and Sen. Jon Husted (R-Upper Arlington) which are both before the Supreme Court.
Here is my favorite part:
As for Strickland, the court has the ability to blow a hole in the delicately balanced state budget bigger than Duck Run, the governor’s speck-on-the map hometown in Scioto County.
LetOhioVote.Org has asked the court to affirm the right of the voters to decide whether video slot machines should be placed at Ohio’s seven racetracks as the state budget calls for.
If the court agrees, the group will launch a petition drive to put the issue on the November 2010 ballot and halt the state’s ability to begin collecting the $933 million the slots are supposed to generate over two years.
Without that money, Strickland will have to shuffle more than Muhammad Ali at his most nimble to balance the budget, a shuffle the governor most certainly wants to avoid next year when he’s up for re-election.
Between this, in addition to the misuse of tobacco settlement money, CAT food (ha!) tax, and money which was quite literally STOLEN FROM BLIND PEOPLE, Ted Strickland will have to shuffle around a lot even before this is all settled, when the next economic forecast comes out shortly.
Here is a question a wise friend posed to me- Could the wussy Senate Republican leadership which caved on Strickland’s patchwork budget end up being unprincipled and/or Machiavellian enough to give Gov. Strickland his much-desired tax increase? I don’t know.