Liberal, Tax Raising Matt Dolan
The decrepit, mummified remains of Joe Hallett, fresh off of his campaign for the Columbus income tax increase (which didn’t provide the promised increases in city safety services) continues using the extensive resources of the Columbus Dispatch for his endless hard-hitting investigative reporting campaign for higher taxes. He describes liberal Cleveland Republican Matt Dolan in a way that can only be described, without getting too graphic, as the print equivalent of a sexual act:
But it is high time for the people who are in the policy business to ignore the inane gamesmanship of just-win-the-day politics and get serious about what this state is facing. We don’t have time for obfuscation. Ohio is in dire straits, and the two candidates for governor — Strickland and Republican John Kasich — need to be forthright about what lies ahead.
An example for them was set Oct. 21 when state Rep. Matthew Dolan, a Cleveland-area Republican, rose to speak on the floor of the Ohio House. Dolan hushed the chamber with his passion and stunned members of his GOP caucus by announcing that he would support Strickland’s call to fill an $851 million hole in the budget by delaying a 4.2 percent state income-tax cut.
Although delaying the tax cut is the most painless and logical way to plug the budget, Republicans in the House — and now in the Senate — oppose it because they’d rather have the tax-hike issue to use against Democrats.
But a leader was born when Dolan rose and warned colleagues that after the federal stimulus money is gone, and with tax revenues in a free fall, a “tidal wave” of misery “is going to hit our citizens so hard that they’ll be looking for anything to grab onto.”
Dolan was unconcerned that his vote for the tax delay might deprive Republicans of a political issue. “There are no more sacred cows in Ohio state government,” he said. “No more can we hide behind partisan walls so that we are protected in a future election.”
Rather, Dolan said, Republicans must acknowledge that the nearly $4 billion already carved from the state budget is causing real hardship for Ohioans, and the pain will be worse in the next budget. There are millions to be saved through such things as reforming prison sentencing guidelines, and it’s time for Republicans to stop casting anyone who supports such reforms as “soft on crime,” Dolan said.
Likewise, he continued, Democrats must acknowledge that millions can be saved by reforming collective bargaining and “no longer can you stand up and say, ‘You are against teachers,’ so nothing gets done.” Workers’ compensation reform also can save the state millions, Dolan told the Democrats, urging them not to stymie it by accusing reformers of being “against injured workers.”
Unlike Redfern and other political pontificators, Dolan is in the policy business. He bespoke a great truth in his remarkable speech when he said that governing must be more than “a gotcha moment.”
Why does casting aside politics and working for the people of Ohio always seem to involve bigger government and higher taxes? I’m not sure why a politician should be applauded for supporting what can only be described as a job-killing, burdensome tax increase- as in, Ohio taxpayers, this fiscal year, will have less money in their pocket then they otherwise would of.
If you can stomach it, here is the pious, syrupy, rambling 11 minute speech of Rep. Dolan that Hallett glowingly writes about, from October 21:
Dolan, if the Republicans would have held onto a slim majority in the Ohio House in 2008, would have most certainly been the predecessor to Jon Husted as Speaker. At the time, Dolan was in a hotly contested battle with now-Minority Leader Bill Batchelder, a veteran of Ohio politics and perhaps the original member of the so-called “caveman caucus” of principled conservatives in the legislature. While some important county party chairmen, such as Doug Preisse of Franklin County and Alex Arshinkoff of Summit supported Batchelder, it was assumed that Dolan, who was born a a rich heir to the Cleveland Indians franchise, would use his establishment support and financial resources to become Speaker.
What Joe Hallet doesn’t mention is that Dolan, by supporting Ted Strickland’s tax increase, was going against his own caucus who has an extensive plan to make the hard decisions that Gov. Strickland is not willing to do: reform state government and cut spending. State government hasn’t been reorganized in any noticeable way in more than 50 years, and looking at reducing the inherent bloat and duplication of government could most certainly fill the $900 million budget deficit without a tax increase.
And this is far from Dolan’s first departure from Republican principles. He was also 1 of only 5 Republicans to support lawsuit-inducing regulations on landlords who dare not rent to homosexuals, and voted for Ohio’s pre-Obama stimulus infrastructure package.
Ultimately, Matt Dolan showed himself to be supremely political, as he is willing to cast aside the principles of his political party as part of his campaign to become the new “executive” of Cuyahoga County… whatever the hell that is. And he is willing to spend $1 million on his campaign, which is money that might be better spent on the Indians.