Too many lawyers by five fold
William G. Batchelder
Says the Ohio Consumers’ Council office employs 74 lawyers and that the funding them is wasteful duplication.
Yes for the General Revenue Fund but no for the entire budget
Says there are more federal dollars in Gov. John Kasich's budget plan than in the previous state budget.
Purchases at this 'yard sale' might end up tax free
"The substitute budget now adds in tax breaks and tax deductions for those who buy these prisons."
State says these jobs weren't needed
When "the governor announced his ‘jobs budget,’ 99 folks from the Department of Taxation were let go the next day."
Not 'zippo,' but very limited
"Two million federal workers negotiate zippo, zero. There is no collective bargaining for federal employees."
No pay raise. More money for more hours of work
"State employees are actually going to get a pay raise."
Committees cut, but savings redirected in House budget for spending
"As far as standing committees, we have 10 fewer standing committees. So we’ve saved the state about a quarter-of-a-million dollars through the reduction of the standing committees."
Shifting pension, health premiums apt to cut take home pay
"In this bill that I’ve just signed, we don’t cut anybody’s salary. We don’t take away their pension. And we don’t destroy their health care."
Legislature OK'd $83.7 million for this 'informal committment'
There was "some sort of informal commitment to build a (psychiatric) building in downtown Cleveland."
States collectively struggling with budget issues
"Many states without collective bargaining, such as Arizona, Nevada and North Carolina, have far larger budget deficits than many that do, including Ohio."
Claw back process underway but no money yet recovered
Ohio Director of Job Creation "Mark Kvamme just clawed back about $900,000 from companies that made promises and they didn't keep them."
Government reports back this claim of premium disparity
"Our average private sector employee pays 23 percent for their health care. Our average city worker in Ohio pays 9 percent."
Not inside the Statehouse and no proof it was protesters
"Unfortunately we have documented instances where people defecated in the (Statehouse) building."
Trending on this tweet is toward accuracy
Ohio Democratic Party
"FACT: the ‘special assistant’ in @johnkasich's office makes over three times more than an average #OH firefighter"
Some workers, yes, but a small percentage
Says there are Ohio Turnpike workers getting paid $66,000 a year to collect tolls that machines might collect.
Ohio prisons are not the top destination for ex-cons
Says getting ex-cons to successfully return to society is important "so we are not always faced constantly with recidivism, which is a big problem in the penitentiary today – in the 70 to 80 percent range."
This Founding Father was mistrustful of great wealth
"Ben Franklin once quipped that only two things in life were certain: death and taxes. I think even he didn't envision that the tax man would visit on the day of your death."
Still a question of whether the dollars make sense
On whether the state should privatize the Ohio Turnpike.
Precise figure doesn't exist
Ohio taxpayers spent more than $67 million "for the year" on food stamps and Medicaid for Wal-Mart workers
Plugged system now at 133 percent capacity
"I think [a little] less than half of the people in our prisons are in there for less than a year. ... We have people who are check kiters and don't pay child support and we are locking them up in the state pen."
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