Posts Tagged ‘Laura Bischoff’

Tomorrow is Judgment Day for Kent Markus?

April 28th, 2010 Matt View Comments

Laura Bischoff has the news:

An Inspector General’s report, to be released Thursday, April 29, is expected to determine whether the Strickland administration interfered with a planned sting by the Ohio Highway Patrol at the governor’s mansion.

In January, prison officials learned of a plan by an inmate working at the residence to have his wife drop a “six-pack” at “Red’s House.” At the time, they didn’t know what “six-pack” referred to, but learned it was tobacco — banned by prison rules.

The sting was canceled by the patrol’s top command, including Ohio Department of Public Safety Director Cathy Collins-Taylor, a Strickland appointee.

The change in plans triggered an investigation by state Inspector General Tom Charles, hearings by the GOP-controlled Senate Criminal Justice Committee and enormous speculation as to whether Collins-Taylor canceled it for safety’s sake or to avoid the potential embarrassment of a drug bust at the governor’s house.

I believe Laura has her facts wrong about the “six pack” and it has never been shown to have been tobacco. The illegal drop was almost certainly drugs and I’m not sure why she is being so quick to take the Sandy Theis assumptions as fact.

Kent Markus, Strickland’s lawyer who has been at the center of the Joe the Plumber scandal, the giving drivers licenses to illegals scandal, unbid Interlot scandal at the Ohio Lottery Commission, and clearly used heavy-handed illegal influence on a state highway patrol investigation. No way would Markus and the Strickland administration would be able to weather so many scandals if he was a Republican… this is far worse than anything Gov. Taft did with simply not reporting golf!

This report will be fascinating, as will Senator Grendell’s committee hearings next week.

Laura Bischoff Gives Conservatives Another Reason NOT to Answer Creepy Census Questions

March 9th, 2010 Matt View Comments

From her article today in the Dayton Daily:

If ever there were a reason for filling out the U.S. Census form, here it is: It’s attached to billions of dollars in federal money.

A study by the Brookings Institution released today, March 9, found that nearly half a trillion dollars — $446.7 billion — in federal domestic assistance money is tied to census data.

Most Dayton-area residents should receive their 10-question census form in the mail soon. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, citing the Brookings Institution figure, stressed Monday how important it is for every household to complete the form and return it.

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Experts Chime in on the Budget

July 12th, 2009 Matt Comments off

Laura Bischoff has the great idea to ask experts about what they think about Ohio’s fiscal problems, and she hardly just limited herself to the typical spokesmen from the Ohio Takings Coalition. Check it out here.

Here are my two favorite:

Marc Kilmer, policy analyst, Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions

The budget gap is not an insurmountable problem if the governor and legislators look at a broad range of cuts and eliminate all increases from fiscal year 2009 levels, Kilmer said.

“The top need is Medicaid reform,” he said. Medicaid spending accounts for a quarter of the state’s budget.

Kilmer would move away from nursing home care for Medicaid recipients to cheaper alternatives like in-home care and stop paying for chiropractic and hospice services; eliminate what he called non-vital agencies like the Department of Development, the Ohio Arts Council, e-Tech Ohio and the Commission on Minority Health; increase the share of health insurance premiums paid by state employees from 15 percent to 20 percent as well as fees paid by visitors to state parks; allow education funding to follow the student to whatever school they choose, and eliminate the recent expansion of government health insurance to middle class children.


Evan Osborne, professor of economics, Wright State University

Government should get out of the economic development and health care business, Osborne said.

“The long-term future of this state is not going to be decided by whether we give tax breaks or investment incentives to businesses or try to promote green jobs or any other kind of jobs,” he said. “All that should go.”

Osborne also would end Medicaid as a fee-for-service system that pays health care providers directly and instead give the poor cash assistance toward the purchase of their own health insurance policies.

Permitting video gambling machines at race tracks to increase state revenue amounts to “shaking the state couch to see what comes out, no matter what the cost is in public policy,” he said. “We’re going to see more of that in coming years if we don’t get government spending under control.”

George Zeller

July 5th, 2009 Matt Comments off

Occasionally, Cleveland-area Economist George Zeller will be the go-to-guy for the Ohio MSM for quotes regarding unemployment, poverty, and the economy.

And yesterday, Laura Bischoff quoted him as an expert, and Zeller insisted on making a highly normative statement regarding tax cuts:

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