Posts Tagged ‘budget’

Republicans Want to Reform Contract Bidding Process, Save Millions of Taxpayer Dollars

December 5th, 2009 Matt Comments off

So Democrats and the black caucus cry raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaacism!:

Oddly enough, Ted Strickland even supports the changes. But I suppose this is what happens when a number of districts in the state legislature are “set asides” for some very ignorant politicians.

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Senate Budget Debate- update

November 18th, 2009 Matt Comments off

The Senate has adjourned and the Senate Finance & Financial Institutions Committee will meet again tonight at 7:30 p.m. It will be interesting to see if Republicans actually will put a stop to Ted Strickland’s proposed tax increase, but things do not look good.

Ohio Senate Republicans Cave on Ted Strickland’s Tax Increase

November 18th, 2009 Matt Comments off

Kyle Sisk beat me to this. A handful of Ohio Republican Senators, will support a compromise version of HB 318 that would include apprixmately 2/3rds of Ted Strickland’s propose tax increase (a freeze on planned income tax reductions) and a handful of “cash management maneuvers” (accounting tricks?) to fill budget deficits.

Three months ago, I was told (on the record) by Senator Jon Husted (R-Bexley) that Republicans in the Ohio Senate would stand firm against any tax increase in budget debates. I guess Jon didn’t know what he was talking about.

They will also vote on a bill for pay cuts for state officials.

Dance, Teddy Dance!

August 22nd, 2009 Matt View Comments

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.

Ted Strickland Robs Them Blind

August 21st, 2009 Matt Comments off


They didn’t see it coming:

COLUMBUS: A newspaper is reporting that Ohio bridged a budget gap by dipping into donated money to fight blindness and encourage people to become organ donors.

The Columbus Dispatch said today that the state took $1.4 million from the Save Our Sight Fund in June. The newspaper asked Gov. Ted Strickland about the transfer, and he promised the money would be put back.

Strickland spokesman Keith Dailey says the administration also will return $1.3 million to the Second Chance Trust Fund, which promotes organ and tissue transplants.

Both funds are supported by motorists, who have an opportunity to make $1 donations when they apply for or renew a driver license.

The state scrambled to make up a $1.9 billion shortfall in the two-year budget that closed June 30.

Kyle Sisk on Self-Interested Ohio Republican Senators

July 12th, 2009 Matt View Comments

I always feel like Mr. Sisk drinks a pot of coffee before writing his posts, but he is dead on with his assessment of what the Ohio Senate majority did with the state budget. The deal cut by Senator Bill Harris and company was bad policy, and bad politics.

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