Posts Tagged ‘Bill Batchelder’

Suddes: Ohio House Republicans Set to Win Back Majority

August 16th, 2010 Matt View Comments

Here is the fascinating break down:

The second House leader to beat the map was Budish – in 2008, with help from Barack Obama’s coattails. But Obama’s coattails are frayed. That, plus GOP-drawn districts, plus voters’ anger at incumbents, make November perilous for Democrats. So, after running the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association’s outstanding election stats by a calculator, here’s a prospectus:

“Open” districts – whose incumbents aren’t seeking re-election – are low-hanging fruit. Democrats, for instance, could potentially grab Franklin County’s 21st District (vacated by GOP Rep. Kevin Bacon, to run for the Senate); Obama did better in the 21st than he did statewide.

If Democrats capture the 21st, that would give Budish one more House seat, Batchelder one fewer. But there are three “open” Democratic districts (one held by a mid-term appointee) that John McCain carried in 2008 and George W. Bush carried in 2004: The 89th (Speaker Riffe’s Scioto County district); the 93rd (the Marietta area); and the 96th (Harrison County, plus parts of Belmont and Tuscarawas).

Republicans last held Riffe’s district in 1958; it’s hard to imagine the GOP capturing it now. But if Batchelder’s Republicans won the two other open Democratic districts, that’d prune Budish’s (theoretical) 54 House seats to 52.

Assuming Springfield Republican Ross McGregor holds on (Obama carried McGregor’s district by 2,171 votes, while McGregor won re-election by 533 votes) the Ohio House’s remaining Republicans seem safe. So Batchelder would have to pry at least three seats from Democrats (to be safe, more) to push Budish’s caucus count below 50. Likeliest GOP targets:

• Five districts among those Budish won from Republicans in 2008. They’re held by Democratic Reps. Marian Harris of Columbus (hers was once the seat of Republican then-Speaker Jo Ann Davidson of Reynoldsburg); Mike Moran of Hudson; Connie Pillich of Cincinnati; Raymond Pryor of Chillicothe; and Mark A. Schneider of Mentor.

• One district Democrats narrowly carried in 2008, held by Rep. Matt Patten of Strongsville. He won by 957 votes; Obama’s district margin was 320 votes. House Democrats could countermove, though, against Republican Rep. Nan Baker of nearby Westlake; she won by 1,123 votes.

• Districts McCain won in 2008 but which re-elected Democratic Reps. Stephen Dyer of Green and Dan Dodd of Hebron. Dyer and Dodd won comfortably. But it’s also notable that Republican State Auditor Mary Taylor once represented Dyer’s district, and Republican former House Speaker Larry Householder, of Perry County, once represented Dodd’s.

Seat-counts aside, Republicans need to be careful what they wish for. Given voters’ rage, the officeholders who run Ohio in 2011 and 2012 will have to get it right the first time – or, like so many other Ohioans, figure on filing for unemployment.

Also, Karl Rove’s election map about changes in state legislatures shows a strong trend toward Republicans across the country in general, with Ohio being a potential flip.

RIP State Rep. Bob Netzley

July 29th, 2010 Matt View Comments

Ohio House Republican Leader Bill Batchelder issued this statement:

“Ohio lost one of its greatest legislators in the history of the state when Bob Netzley of Miami County passed away last evening. Having served longer than any other member of the General Assembly (40 years), Bob Netzley served with unparallel courage, total dedication to the philosophy of conservatism and an unbending adherence to the principals upon which this republic was founded. He was, in all of his service, one who could have joined the founders of this nation in courage integrity and adherence to principle. We shall not see his like again.”

In the summer of 1971 when Gov. Gilligan was busy creating the state income tax and furloughing maintenance workers during a budget crisis, Batchelder and Netzley were two of the conservative legislators who actually brought their own lawn mowers and cut the State House grass.

Netzley will be missed.

Update: The Dayton Daily News has more details about his political incorrectness, his battle against the Celebrezze political family, his opposition to welfare, and his “chilly” relationship with liberal former Speaker Jo Ann Davidson.

Buckeye Institute Interviews Ohio House Republican Leader Bill Batchelder

July 12th, 2010 Matt View Comments

The Buckeye Institute interviewed Medina Republican Rep. Bill Batchelder, a brilliant legal scholar who has been a champion of conservative principles in Ohio before many TEA Party activists were born. It’s worth watching, even though he’s not wearing one of his famous searsucker suits:

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Ohio House Speaker Armond Budish, Tax-Raiser, Fee-Raiser, Liar

June 22nd, 2010 Matt Comments off

More than 18 months have gone by since the stifling Speaker took the gavel when Democrats took over the Ohio House. In that time, we have seen a talented young woman silenced for her pro-life views, the silencing of brilliant economists on the validity of gutting Ohio’s 30 year old income tax, and a blatant disregard for the rules of the House floor. Budish’s strong arm tactics would put former corrupt Speaker Larry Householder to shame. Budish is more effective in his dirty politics as he doesn’t have crazy-eyed, batshit insane “reporters” like Sandy Theis willing to take him down.

And after their short time in office, we have seen Democrats acting like Democrats- with the support of Ted Strickland’s 4.2% income tax increase, imposed retroactively at the end of 2009 AFTER people had their deductions taken out, in addition to more than a billion dollars in fees.

Armond, I dedicate this ballad to you!:

Joe Hallett and Mark Niquette Skew Fundraising Tables, Downplay GOP Momentum

April 23rd, 2010 Matt Comments off

Ohio House Republicans only need 4 seats to win the majority back, and they are running circles around Speaker Budish and his caucus:

COLUMBUS –The Ohio House Republican Organizational Committee (OHROC) today stated they are pleased to see the respective amounts in the second filing period of 2010 for the House Republican and House Democratic caucuses. The Republican Caucus filed $515,473.34, while the Democratic majority filed $405,855.52.

“With less than seven months remaining for Ohioans to choose who is more qualified to lead Ohio through the next General Assembly, today was a significant measure of the attitude by contributors,” said House Republican Leader William G. Batchelder (R-Medina).  “Although in the minority, House Republicans are able to demonstrate their ability to outraise majority Democrats.”

In recent memory there are NO example of a minority caucus out-fundraising the majority… This is a BIG DEAL, as lobbyists and political observers are clearly reading the T.E.A. leaves, as they know angry voters are ready to throw Democrats out of the majority. And with Jon Husted and Matt Dolan out of the picture, the GOP caucus is distinctly different and vastly more conservative than the one which lost the majority.

So what did Hallett and Niquette do? They decided to use this visible chart in print… While sticking to this reporting period for all races EXCEPT for the legislature:

They can report the numbers however they want to with whatever time-frame they wish. But this is an important example of why pinhead reporter hacks like these guys are worried about blogs: Because it means they no longer have a monopoly on framing such issues and thus watering down in the minds of readers where the political momentum in Columbus is.

And contract the work of the minority in the House with that of Ohio Senate Democrats, who are fundraising with all the momentum of a Ted Strickland 3-C snail train.

Update at 12:30: Sandy Theis’ üntershtudie Julie Carr Smyth also played with reporting periods on behalf of Gov. Strickland. Nice catch, Jon.

Nancy Pelosi is SCARED TO DEATH of Republican House Leader Bill Batchelder

March 17th, 2010 Matt Comments off

Isn’t it amazing how all this national money is suddenly focused on Ohio’s legislature just in time for redistricting?

The Democrats’ national organization focused on winning legislative races wants to spend a record $20 million this year to hold or take 15 chambers, including the very competitive Ohio House, in an effort to control how congressional districts are drawn.

“The results of the 2010 state legislative elections will define how key reforms and policies are decided for the next decade,” wrote Michael Sargeant, executive director of the Democratic Legislative Campaign committee, in a memo sent to Democratic leaders, and later released to the media.

Like in Ohio, the job of drawing new congressional district lines based on new 2010 Census counts in a number of states falls to state legislatures. In Ohio, the Senate is expected to remain in firm Republican control, but Democrats hold a tenuous 53-46 majority in the House.

The DLCC raised about $12 million in 2008. Sargeant listed the Ohio House as one of 10 chambers “in the crosshairs” that the group will work to keep.

The DLCC also was active in Ohio in 2008, using mailings and other efforts to help Democrats net a seven-seat pickup and capture control of the House for the first time in 14 years. This year, with the political tides turning — House Republicans reportedly have generic balloting that shows them running more than 10 points ahead of results in 2008 — Democrats are happy to see even more help.

The Huffington Post posted a copy of the DLCC’s memo:

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House Republican Leader Bill Batchelder Strikes Back at Speech-Stiffing Democrats

February 25th, 2010 Matt Comments off

As I reported late last night, Speaker Budish and his tax-loving caucus made sure that two scholars would be unable to testify in favor of Rep. John Adams’ plan to slowly eliminate the state income tax.

From Rep. Batchelder:

“Yesterday I believe an unfortunate situation took place in the House Ways & Means Committee that does an injustice to the institution of the Ohio House of Representatives. Never have I seen such a total departure from what should happen in a committee hearing and the first amendment right to petition for redress of grievance be so clearly, infringed upon.

The integrity of the House is built upon a tradition that allows for a transparent and open process between those with differing viewpoints on issues, who come to committee and provide our members with information which allows them to make the most well-informed decisions. Having the privilege of serving in the House for more than 34 years I was dismayed by what these actions will convey to the citizens of Ohio, who entrust in their public servants to allow all opinions and viewpoints to be shared in an open way. Opponents of the testimony hadn’t traveled far and were able to pontificate first. No witnesses who attended to offer proponent testimony were afforded the opportunity to testify. Many of these witnesses traveled from out of town to offer their insight and comments. Prior notice of their departure times and appearance was provided to the chair.

I have never known a request such as the one made before this committee to be rejected and ignored in such a manner. These kinds of actions do nothing but shake the confidence of the public’s trust that we are genuinely discussing the issues most important to Ohio in a fair process. It is impossible to have a fair and intelligent debate when one group of witnesses is silenced during the committee process.

It is my hope that Ohioans know that no matter where they stand on an issue, they can be confident their voices will be heard by those they have elected in the people’s house.”

If you missed Statehouse News Bureau Bill Cohen’s report, here it is again:

Two Eldery, Moth-Eaten, Moldy Editors of Ohio’s 2 Largest Newspapers Defend Income Tax

January 25th, 2010 Matt Comments off

You know it is Sunday when Joe Hallett is once again proclaiming the good word… about taxes! And this week, he is joined in his chorus by editor emeritus Brent Larkin of The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Together, with more than 450 years of combined experience bloviating about state politics, they came out swinging today in defense of Ohio’s job-killing tax rates.

First, Mr. Hallett starts out with an assault on State Rep. John Adams, a kick-ass Navy Seal and principled conservative, who is finally getting a hearing on his proposal to scrap the income tax only because pathetic Democrats wants to use the opportunity to flog John Kasich, who also supports gutting the tax. Here is part of Joe’s column, which was perhaps ghost written by Gov. Strickland’s budget director/lesbian pirate Pari Sabety:

Here are some questions for John Adams, the live Republican state representative from Sidney, not the dead president from Massachusetts.

You have introduced a bill to phase out the state income tax over 10 years. This year, the income tax will raise $7.6 billion, accounting for 45 percent of all tax revenue raised by the state. If you succeed in killing the income tax, how will you replace the lost revenue?

Are you prepared, Representative Adams, to raise the state sales tax by 6 cents to a national high of 11.5 cents on the dollar? That’s how much would be needed to replace revenue lost by killing the income tax. How do you think your friends at the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants and the National Federation of Independent Businesses would react to more than doubling the sales tax?

Are you willing to let schools in your home county of Shelby and others close? In the current two-year budget, the state is spending $14.2 billion from its general revenue fund on primary and secondary schools. That’s roughly how much the state income tax will generate during those two years for the fund.

Without the income tax, how will you keep schools open? The tax was instituted by the General Assembly in 1971 because financially ailing schools all over the state were closing. When Republicans asked Ohioans to repeal the tax a year later, the voters opted by a 69-31 margin to keep it.

The state of Ohio this year will spend $2,220 for every man, woman and child living in Shelby County, Representative Adams. Are you prepared to tell them they can expect to be less educated, less safe, less healthy and more inconvenienced because of drastic cuts of services that would result from killing the income tax?

At a legislative hearing last week on your bill, Representative Adams, you said: “This is falsely reported as requiring cuts in government spending. Government spending will continue to grow under my plan.”

How can that be, when you deprive government of one of its primary sources of funding? And isn’t reducing government spending by starving it of money a big reason why you want kill the income tax?

As Hallett remembers, when he was slightly-less old, Ohio was able to perform all the functions of government without an income tax.

Proposals to scrap the income tax always involve a series of benchmarks overtime, because even though the future is impossible to predict (as we saw with the recent economic collapse), the logic behind the econometrics are solid: That as Ohio reduces its income tax, it becomes a friendlier place to conduct business- Ohio’s population grows and businesses prosper. And as Ohio is slowly seen as essentially a tax haven for entrepreneurs and high net-worth individuals, the revenue that is collected- not just through a sales tax but perhaps with a slight increase in the CAT tax or property tax- would allow government to function perfectly well after a series of cuts in spending that are entirely possible and VERY necessary!

As to the question of education, it is clear that more money to school districts does not equate with higher tax scores and graduation rates. With private and religious instruction often costing a fraction of their public counterparts, an increase in an emphasis on school choice would save the state tremendous amounts of money.

But why would the cuts need to be specifically in education? Joe Hallett is simply using education to play on readers emotions, as it involve children and education. Let’s think about what else could be cut, that might not tug on your heart strings. For example:

- Repeal the recent state SCHIP and healthcare expansion

- Eliminate the Ohio EPA (a duplicate of the Federal EPA, except with an extra layer of unique, expensive red tape for business)

- Reform medicaid with cheaper alternatives like income care, and don’t pay for extra services, such as chiropractic. Or privatize the system entirely, by subsidizing private insurance plans of their choice or even fund HSAs.

- Eliminate the Department of Development, the epicenter of pork and corporate welfare. Stop wasting money on “green initiatives” and what not.

- Eliminate e-Tech Ohio

- Eliminate the Commission on Minoirty Health

- Reform state employee perks and pensions

- Implement House Republican Leader Bill Batchleder’s plan to restructure state government and easily save approximately $1 billion/year.

These are just a few ideas… I am sure there are plenty more ideas, but what do I know… I’m just some jerk blogger! But my point is, Joe Hallett is not intellectually curious enough to explore such possibilities.

Then, not to be outdone, Brett Larkin attacks John Kasich for his support of reducing and scrapping the state income tax… saying he is as EXTREME as Ken Blackwell! OH MY! THE HORROR!

But instead of a winning plan, Kasich has offered up a reckless one — a 10-year phaseout of the state’s income tax. And it will enable the governor to spend millions on an advertising message that his Republican opponent is an extremist who advocates policies that would destroy Ohio’s schools and universities, while punishing its most vulnerable citizens — especially children.

Ohio has never been a state to take big risks in electing governors. Three Republicans — Jim Rhodes, George Voinovich and Bob Taft — served as governor of Ohio in 32 of the 44 years from 1963 to 2007. All three were political moderates.

In 2006, Ken Blackwell became the most conservative Republican gubernatorial nominee in at least a half-century — perhaps ever. And though Blackwell’s landslide loss to Strickland can be attributed to many factors — some beyond the candidate’s control — one of those factors was Blackwell’s support for a constitutional amendment called the Tax and Expenditure Limitation, which would have dramatically limited state and local-government spending.

Republican moderates hated it, as did educators. With GOP business leaders poised to oppose the TEL, the Republican-run legislature allowed Blackwell to save face by passing a version so watered down that it meant essentially nothing.

Nevertheless, the TEL cemented Blackwell’s reputation — fairly or not — as an extremist who advocated policies far from the mainstream. Of Cuyahoga County’s 1,434 precincts, several hundred enjoy a Republican advantage. On Election Day 2006, Blackwell outpolled Strickland in three precincts.

You may not be aware of my involvement in the TEL campaign, but I know more about the Amendment than most. In fact, in the heat of the primary battle against liberal Republican Jim Petro, I was responsible for writing the talking points in defense of the Amendment.

The TEL Amendment wouldn’t have “dramatically limited state and local government spending.” It would have capped increases at 3.5% or the rate of inflation, plus adjustments for population growth. It was an improvement over the impressive Colorado Tabor, as their amendment capped taxation, but it ultimately failed because: 1) It allowed voters to create an exemption for taxation for education. (The TEL did not) and 2) It had a “ratchet down” effect, where in bad economic times when tax collections were down, the mandate for the next year was kept at that lower level (The TEL never decreased spending.).

Blackwell campaign internal polling showed the TEL Amendment was actually wildly popular, even among so-called “Republican moderates”… as long as they weren’t moderate office holders who wanted to use the amendment as a weapon to support Jim Petro. The amendment, while perfect in concept, was poorly written because it did not properly define various forms of local government, didn’t differentiate between tax increases being acceptable if approved by a majority of all registered voters or only the voters who showed up on election day, and it would have been tied up in the courts for years.

So, Speaker Husted and Republican leaders had passed a so-called “legislative TEL”, which was attached to the end of tobacco legislation. So far, state budgets have not surpassed Blackwell’s limitations, because Ted Strickland likes to get more creative with spending: through bond issues, fees, and mandate-infested Federal stimulus dollars.

Mr. Larkin would be wise to speak to OU Economist Richard Vedder, who has written extensively about the fact that when states focus more resources on higher education, the state is actually worse off. To get the cost of higher education under control, it would be wise to eliminate grants, have all education loans handled through private banks, and have any money that does go for higher education follow the student… even if they wish to leave the state. Universities are never asked to reform or shed themselves of burdensome unions… and it is about time for a change.

Larkin and Hallett don’t even try to hide their ideology, and are clearly more interested in ad hominem attacks than a serious debate over policy. This is a serious disservice to their readers, who are currently living in a state that has been economically devastated by the very policies John Kasich wants to change.

Ohio House Democrats Moving at Lightning-Speed to Further Damage Ohio’s Bond Rating

November 30th, 2009 Matt Comments off

As an update to my post on the Ohio House Democrat’s questionable numbers the supposed benefits of the 3rd Frontier corporate welfare scheme, Minority Leader Bill Batchelder is pissed:

“It has come to our attention that for more than half a year the House Democrats have been drafting, working and reworking with their possible contributors on an arbitrary rewrite of the Third Frontier program. The framework of their legislation was not unveiled until 1 p.m. this afternoon and Republican members are being forced to deny or support this foreign measure before 9 a.m. tomorrow.

Republicans are uncertain of the details within the Democrat proposal, since we have not received it. The skeleton outline we received differs significantly from the original Third Frontier proposal, created by Gov. Taft. The original proposal was a $1.6 billion dollar investment over 10 years with an average of $160 million per year and several sources of funding including a $500 million bond issuance, tobacco settlement money, GRF and excess liquor profits. The current proposal calls for twice the bonds in half the time. For example, $1 billion over five years at an average cost of $200 million per year. This is a departure from the original balanced proposal that bears further scrutiny.

Obviously, the House Republicans need time to study and consult with bond counsel on such a crucial issue to fully expose all ramifications of this proposal as it stands today. House Republicans are committed to protecting Ohio’s bond rating. Unfortunately, at this point in time our budget appears to be unbalanced according to Governor Strickland. Earlier this year Ohio was downgraded in our state’s credit rating outlook. Ohio needs a viable, long-term Third Frontier solution in the interest of generations to come. In the face of skyrocketing unemployment this Republican initiated program has fostered hi-tech jobs.

As soon as the majority party provides us with the details of their proposal, House Republicans pledge to work across party lines just as we did with the extension of COBRA benefits in the transportation budget earlier this General Assembly.”

It would be fascinating if an Ohio journalist bothered to investigate what lobbying interests are pushing so hard for this expansion of Bob Taft’s corporate welfare program, where Ohioans are forced to do the job of venture capitalists.

But I suppose if the rating agencies continue to lower Ohio’s bond rating, Rich Cordray can just sue them.

Liberal, Tax Raising Matt Dolan

November 18th, 2009 Matt Comments off

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.

Ohio House of Representatives Minority Hires Director of Communications

August 18th, 2009 Matt View Comments

Megan Piwowar, a 2007 graduate of Michigan State University. Here is her resume on LinkedIn.

Instead of Kevin DeWine, the true voice of the conservative opposition in Ohio can be found in Bill Batchelder and the principled House Minority. I wish Ms. Piwowar the best of luck.

Gutting the Ohio Income Tax

July 26th, 2009 Matt Comments off

In an article about how very likely it is that we could have a Speaker Bill Batchelder in 2011, Thomas Suddes mentions Kaisch’s plan to scrap the income tax:

Strickland’s probable GOP challenger is former U.S. Rep. John R. Kasich of Westerville. Whatever else may be said of Kasich, if the issue in a Kasich-Strickland contest becomes Ohio’s budget, Kasich made his congressional name as a budget-wrangler. Yes, Kasich’s vow to repeal Ohio’s income tax ranks up there with pie in the sky. But that doesn’t mean Kasich couldn’t sell it as a phased-repeal package. Obviously, Ohio Democrats have no problem with phased-in tax cuts. They left untouched, indeed they protected, Republican Gov. Bob Taft’s phased-in Ohio income-tax cuts.

The plan is decent in theory- Where the income tax is slowly phased out over a decade or more, and high-net worth individuals flock to Ohio for the tax benefits, and bring their risk-taking, job-creating entrepreneurship with them. After all, Ohio’s income tax only dates back to the Gov. Gilligan administration, and Rep. Batchelder was there to vote against it.

I have had far too many Ohio Republican insiders that I respect tell me that they think Kasich should dump the income tax proposal, saying that it isn’t a serious proposal. I beg to differ, as the proposal would most certainly be set for gradual progress and benchmarking.

Perhaps there simply isn’t the political will to COMPLETELY scrap the state income tax, but we can definitely lower it, and Kasich is simply arguing that should be moving in that direction. There is nothing “pie in the sky” about that, and it puts Ohio Democrats back in their natural state of existence: Defending big government and Ohio’s burdensome taxes.

Hanoverton Tea Party

July 14th, 2009 Matt Comments off

Here is some decent video from the Hanoverton tea party, but it could MUCH more Bill Batchelder and less Zanotti ego-boosting:

HT: Kyle Sisk

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