Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ohio's Job Crisis


Here is a frightening fact from Cleveland and the Associated Press:


Ohio still hasn't recovered the number of jobs lost since the recession began in December 2007.  


The latest state ranking on job growth from W.P. Carey ranks Ohio at number 40 in job growth. That is just awful. Despite Gov. John Kasich's claims to an 'Ohio miracle,' it is clear that all his talk is pure baloney.

Monday, August 18, 2014

On notice...


If you see this while you are shopping at Kroger, would you feel comfortable? In a story posted at
Huffington Post, it has been noted that Kroger is being pressed to ban open carry at their stores.

View this content on HuffPostBiz's website  
 

 As a lifelong Kroger shopper, I'd leave the store if I saw anyone carrying a weapon in the store that I frequent. I'd also let the manager know that I wouldn't be back until these open carry weapons were banned in the store. Contact the Kroger company and tell them to stand up to these gun people: http://www.thekrogerco.com/contact-us

> It appears that more and more college graduates from Ohio are leaving the state in order to get jobs. Apparently, the only types of jobs being created by Gov. John Kasich are those that don't require college degrees. Mothers and fathers across the state have seen their college educated sons and daughters leave the state in order to find jobs in their fields.




Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Kasich's secrets?


Once again the administration of Ohio Gov. John Kasich has refused a public records release.


Dispatch:

....In a blog post, the Checks and Balances Project accuses the administration of evading its request for records concerning Senate Bill 310, which weakened Ohio’s renewable energy standards. The law was crafted by majority Republican lawmakers and signed by Kasich.

Simply put, the Kasich administration said in its response letter to the group, no records exist concerning the Check and Balance Project's areas of inquiry and it failed to sufficiently identify records it sought concerning meetings between the governor’s staff and electrical (coal-burning) utility representatives.

The group was particularly interested in meetings between Kasich staff and conservative stalwarts such as the Koch brothers, the American Legislative Exchange Council and Americans for Prosperity.....

Read the rest of the article to see how the campaign responded.

What are they hiding???  Unfortunately, the sarcasm and arrogance coming from both the governor's office and campaign are just disgusting.

>>> Once again we can see that Kasich's 'Ohio miracle' is not reality. The layoffs in Ohio continue:
http://jfs.ohio.gov/warn/current.stm

Friday, August 08, 2014

Ohio's Water Problems


Toledo, Ohio, residents experienced the loss of drinking water last weekend because of the presence of toxic algae. Over 400,000 people were unable to drink water, wash dishes, and bathe because of the water danger. Some people might believe that the rest of Ohio is safe from future incidents, but they are mistaken.

Here are a few news items that should make everyone in Ohio nervous about how well the current governor is protecting our water.

>   Dispatch:  (6/30/2014)

The state is investigating a fish kill in an eastern Ohio creek near where a fire occurred at a shale-well fracking site on Saturday.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources learned yesterday of the fish kill in Possum Creek in Monroe County, said Jason Fallon, an agency spokesman. Fallon said he did not have details about the extent of the kill. “I can’t confirm if it’s related to the gas-well fire,” he said.

Phillip Keevert, director of the Monroe County Emergency Management Agency, said Division of Wildlife agents were inspecting the creek yesterday and confirmed that a kill occurred.....


>   Dispatch:  (8/7/2014)

State wildlife officials are trying to determine if turkey manure running in a northwest Ohio river is responsible for killing thousands of fish.
Officers from the Ohio Division of Wildlife were called in after more than 6,000 dead fish were found in the Little Ottawa River in Lima last weekend....


....Officers tracked the kill zone in the creek along an 8.8-mile stretch of the Little Ottawa River that connects to the Ottawa River. The dead fish included sucker fish, largemouth bass, sunfish, bullhead and darter....


>   PublicNewsService:  (June 24, 2014)
According to a new report released by Environment Ohio, the Buckeye State's rivers, streams and lakes are teeming with toxic chemicals.

The "Wasting Our Waterways" report found over seven million pounds of toxic chemicals were dumped into the state's waterways in 2012, making Ohio the 10th worst in the country. Ragan Davis, a field associate with Environment Ohio, says analyzing additional numbers from around the country reveals Ohio also has one of the nation's top five polluted rivers.

"Polluters dumped approximately 4.4 million pounds of toxic chemicals into the Muskingum River watershed," says Davis, "making this particular watershed the fourth most polluted in the nation." - See more at: http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2014-06-24/water/ohio-waterways-ranked-10th-in-the-nation-for-toxic-chemicals/a40095-1#sthash.2i7V3HVT.dpuf
According to a new report released by Environment Ohio, the Buckeye State's rivers, streams and lakes are teeming with toxic chemicals.

The "Wasting Our Waterways" report found over seven million pounds of toxic chemicals were dumped into the state's waterways in 2012, making Ohio the 10th worst in the country. Ragan Davis, a field associate with Environment Ohio, says analyzing additional numbers from around the country reveals Ohio also has one of the nation's top five polluted rivers.

"Polluters dumped approximately 4.4 million pounds of toxic chemicals into the Muskingum River watershed," says Davis, "making this particular watershed the fourth most polluted in the nation." - See more at: http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2014-06-24/water/ohio-waterways-ranked-10th-in-the-nation-for-toxic-chemicals/a40095-1#sthash.2i7V3HVT.dpuf

According to a new report released by Environment Ohio, the Buckeye State's rivers, streams and lakes are teeming with toxic chemicals.

The "Wasting Our Waterways" report found over seven million pounds of toxic chemicals were dumped into the state's waterways in 2012, making Ohio the 10th worst in the country. Ragan Davis, a field associate with Environment Ohio, says analyzing additional numbers from around the country reveals Ohio also has one of the nation's top five polluted rivers.

"Polluters dumped approximately 4.4 million pounds of toxic chemicals into the Muskingum River watershed," says Davis, "making this particular watershed the fourth most polluted in the nation." - See more at: http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2014-06-24/water/ohio-waterways-ranked-10th-in-the-nation-for-toxic-chemicals/a40095-1#sthash.2i7V3HVT.dpuf
According to a new report released by Environment Ohio, the Buckeye State's rivers, streams and lakes are teeming with toxic chemicals.
The "Wasting Our Waterways" report found over seven million pounds of toxic chemicals were dumped into the state's waterways in 2012, making Ohio the 10th worst in the country. Ragan Davis, a field associate with Environment Ohio, says analyzing additional numbers from around the country reveals Ohio also has one of the nation's top five polluted rivers.

"Polluters dumped approximately 4.4 million pounds of toxic chemicals into the Muskingum River watershed," says Davis, "making this particular watershed the fourth most polluted in the nation."


One of Ohio's EPA experts was fired last summer.  (See Daily Kos for details.) Some people believe that Gov. Kasich caved to the desires of his campaign contributors that include coal companies.

Are Ohioans going to allow major polluter to dictate what items will be dumped into our waterways?
Voters have a chance to make a decision this election season.
According to a new report released by Environment Ohio, the Buckeye State's rivers, streams and lakes are teeming with toxic chemicals.

The "Wasting Our Waterways" report found over seven million pounds of toxic chemicals were dumped into the state's waterways in 2012, making Ohio the 10th worst in the country. Ragan Davis, a field associate with Environment Ohio, says analyzing additional numbers from around the country reveals Ohio also has one of the nation's top five polluted rivers.

"Polluters dumped approximately 4.4 million pounds of toxic chemicals into the Muskingum River watershed," says Davis, "making this particular watershed the fourth most polluted in the nation." - See more at: http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2014-06-24/water/ohio-waterways-ranked-10th-in-the-nation-for-toxic-chemicals/a40095-1#sthash.2i7V3HVT.dpuf

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Unqualified


Gov. John Kasich of Ohio seems to have made a big mistake in placing an unqualified person in charge of the Ohio Department of Health. Of course, this is not the first time Kasich placed an unqualified crony in a position of authority. Do you remember Mark Kvamme?

Cinncinnati.com:

The man Ohio Governor John Kasich appointed to lead the state's health department may not meet the state requirements for the position, critics say – complaints Kasich's spokesman Monday dismissed as "predictable, shrill attacks" from partisans.

On Friday, Kasichnamed Richard Hodges to be Director of Health. Hodges is not a doctor; he had been head of the Ohio Turnpike Commission - and his lack of health experience may violate Ohio law, which requires at least "significant experience in the public health profession."

The story was first reported by the liberal-leaning blog Plunderbund.....

Plunderbund:

John Kasich recently appointed Richard Hodges, his turnpike director, to head the Ohio Department of Health.  As we pointed out yesterday, Ohio law requires appointees to this position to either be a medical doctor or to have had “significant experience in the public health profession.”    Hodges is not a doctor and, according to every bio we could find, including his own LinkedIn page, nothing in his employment background provides any indication that he has had any experience whatsoever in a “public health profession.”

Then, suddenly, out of the blue, Third Base Politics “obtained” a copy of Hodges resume this afternoon that happened to contain a new position not listed on any of his other resumes:   “Director of Planning and Marketing” for the Fulton County Health Center, a small hospital in Wauseon, Ohio.  His time at this newly added job overlaps with his time as a state representative and his time serving as Executive Vice President of the Mechanical Contractors Assoc.  It’s unclear where this resume came from, who provided it, or when it was created.

And then… magically… this same position appeared on Hodges LinkedIn profile today.   (Yes, we have screenshots.)    Hodges also altered his profile on LinkedIn to include the word  “healthcare” on the Specialties section of his profile....

Incredible!

Friday, August 01, 2014

In case you missed it...........


The Huffington Post has an article about Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's method of running his office. If you are unaware of what is going on in DeWine's office, you should read the post. Here is a small sample from the HuffingtonPost:

...Now, Ohio's Attorney General, the official that's supposed to crack down on corruption, faces a deepening scandal surrounding campaign contributors winning contracts from his office in highly inappropriate ways.....

....Doing complex legal work on behalf of a state can mean big profits, so it's no surprise that lawyers, firms, and vendors make big campaign contributions hoping to influence the selection process. Since January, several Ohio media outlets have documented exactly that pattern: over $2.5 million in campaign contributions flowing to Attorney General Mike DeWine and the Ohio GOP while those same donors win lucrative contracts from his office. Throughout, DeWine has paid himself back $1.7 million of a $2 million personal loan to his 2010 campaign. 

The facts are disturbing. Many contributions were made during or immediately before or after bids were under consideration -- sometimes checks came on the same day as bids. DeWine met more than once with his campaign fundraiser in his official office, and in one meeting in the middle of a bid process, they reviewed the roster of those seeking state work. The office has little to no documented process for scoring bidders and actually dumped scoring systems put in place by Richard Cordray, DeWine's predecessor.... 

Many Ohioans thought that corruption had disappeared after Taft and the BWC "coingate" scandals, but apparently the Republicans continue to reward their friends and campaign contributors.

• • • • •

*****  The Republicans in the House of Representatives have refused to do anything about immigration and appear to be under the control of Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, instead of John Boehner. The alleged interference is the subject of an article at the LA Times:

...Cruz had been steadily stirring up opposition to the House GOP plan to approve the $659 million, far less than the $3.7 billion sought by the White House and the $2.7 billion proposed by Senate Democrats to deal with the 57,000 unaccompanied youths who have been apprehended at the Southwest border since Oct. 1.....

...Cruz’s handiwork lighted up the telephone lines in the Capitol after an appearance on a tea party webinar. He further stoked opposition among House Republicans when he met with them privately over pizza on the eve of Thursday's vote....

....Before the chaos on the House floor, Boehner had succumbed to pressure to include a Cruz-inspired measure that would defund the administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program -- which has given 500,000 young immigrants legal status for meeting requirements that they remain in college or join the military....

It appears the Speaker of the House and the Republicans in the House are being controlled by Ted Cruz. You can read the entire article at LA Times.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Jobs?


Ohio has seen dramatic job losses under the administration of Republican Gov. John Kasich. With cuts to local governments, Kasich has created deep losses in cities/counties.

Plunderbund:

According to an AP story published Saturday, Ohio has seen “nearly 25,000 jobs lost in local government” since John Kasich has been governor of Ohio.  And “median incomes in Ohio have fallen about $7,000 over the past decade.”

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand why: Kasich has cut nearly $2 Billion in state funding to local governments in the past four years in order to fund lopsided tax breaks to his rich, millionaire friends.

These lost jobs are teachers, fire fighters and police officers; your friends, family and neighbors....
 

School districts have see millions cut from the state resulting in larger class size, less teachers, and program elimination. However, charter schools are getting more money, even though a majority of them perform poorly, provide less to students, and pay teachers far less. Kasich's friends that own charter schools continue to provide him and the GOP large campaign contributions. Kasich might be happy, but our school children are losing.

Ed FitzGerald has called on Kasich to end the charter school mess. DailyKos has the story.

Kasich's inability to keep jobs in Ohio has forced many layoffs with some employers cutting hundreds of jobs (see http://jfs.ohio.gov/warn/current.stm). How can some corporations get millions of dollars to keep a few jobs but Kasich is unable/unwilling to save hundreds of jobs at a time? Are only certain friendly companies getting tax breaks and incentives? Why are other companies and workers ignored?


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Don't eat the food!


Facilities are under attack by maggots?

10TV:

Maggots in food, staffing shortages and reports of running out of foods are among new complaints facing the vendor that won the contract to feed Ohio inmates.

Reports obtained by The Associated Press through records requests found numerous problems reported since April, when the state took the rare step of fining the vendor because of contract failures.

The records show 65 instances where Philadelphia-based Aramark Correctional Services failed to provide food or ran out of it - usually the main course, such as hamburgers or chicken patties - while serving inmates, leading to delays and in some cases security concerns as inmates grew frustrated. Substitute items were provided in most cases.....

This is disgusting! Then again, ARAMARK was a contributor to the 'transition' of the Kasich-Taylor administration.

Examiner:

The Kasich-Taylor transition report, filed Saturday as prescribed by state law, shows the winning campaign for governor and lieutenant governor of Ohio raised $1,632,115 and spent $604,960.58 so far....

....On the expenditure side, here are the top 15 recipients of donor cash based on amounts paid out by date:

1. ARAMARK - 120,627.77 - FOOD & COAT CHECK

If a corporation contributes that much money to your 'transition,' you might forgive a few maggots going to prisoners and school children. Sure, the corporation paid some fines, but they continue their contract of providing food service.

The Kasich-Taylor administration has created quite a mess in Ohio--- flat wages, cuts to cities/counties, cuts to food programs, cuts to schools/safety services, dismal job growth, etc., etc.  Now we must deal with the possibility that our school children could be looking at maggots in their food.

Just say NO! to Kasich-Taylor.




Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Chosen Few


It appears that if you are a friend of Ohio's Republican Governor John Kasich, you can get a cushy part-time job.

Dispatch:

Stephanie Ranade-Krider, former legislative director of Ohio Right to Life, has been named executive director of the organization after a six-month stint in Gov. John Kasich’s administration.

Ranade-Krider, who, starting in January was paid $32.41 an hour in a part-time position as program manager for the Governor’s Cabinet Opiate Action Team, will return to Right to Life on Aug. 4, President Mike Gonidakis announced yesterday. She will oversee programs, activities and lobbying....

Wow! A part-time job at $32.41/hr. would be a good thing for those in Ohio that are unemployed and underemployed!  Unfortunately, only special friends can get jobs like that! Meanwhile, the waitress at your local restaurant has either a teaching or accounting degree.

Special part-time jobs and those multi-million dollar development grants to retain jobs tend to go to Kasich's special friends. Kasich ignored the job losses at Ormet, Lockheed Martin, Bechtel, EveryWare, and other large employers, while smaller well-connected companies got grants to retain under 50 jobs. When Kasich did respond, it was too late.

We need a governor that cares about all the people of Ohio---not just his friends!

Support and vote for Democrat Ed FitzGerald for Ohio Governor.

Monday, July 21, 2014


I'm back.....

> Democratic candidate for Ohio governor, Ed FitzGerald, has promised to help the state's average families. Under John Kasich, the rich have gotten richer, and the middle class has been forgotten.





> I continue to be amazed at the b.s. coming from the administration of Ohio Gov. John Kasich regarding job growth in the state. Ohio continues to lag behind the rest of the country in job creation, but Kasich and his pals don't want you to know that. Kasich still has to add 139,000 jobs to get to the 500,000 lost during the recession.

Ohio continues to see layoffs as evidenced by the growing list of warn notice posted at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services:


Date
Received
Company 
City/County
Potential Number
Affected

 Layoff
Date(s)
Phone
Number

Union
Notice ID
07/11/2014 Advance Engineering Northwood/Wood 40 09/01/2014 (313) 537-3500 N/A 007-14-004
07/10/2014 KMart Store #4966 Cleveland/Cuyahoga 200 10/05/2014 (847) 286-5904 unknown 003-14-003
07/10/2014 WSI-AllStar WPAFB/Greene 86 08/31/2014 (561) 472-3620 N/A 007-14-002
07/02/2014 Walmart Distribution Center Grove City/Franklin 73 09/15/2014 (614) 871-7000 N/A 011-14-001
06/23/2014 TriHealth Cincinnati/Hamilton 131 08/31/2014 (513) 569-6624 Unknown 013-13-078
06/09/2014 EveryWare Lancaster/Fairfield
1180
08/11/2014 (740) 681-6417
United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial Service Workers union, AFL-CIO, and it's local unions 25, 25-01, 144, 540, 561, 576, 577, 578 and 578-01 ( the "USW")
020-13-077
06/04/2014 Community Development Institute- Head Start Toledo/Lucas
280
07/31/2014
(202) 402-9215
Ohio Association of School Employees/ AFSCME Local 4
009-13-076
05/30/2014 The Toledo Blade Toledo/Lucas
131
08/01/2014
(412) 263-1644
Graphic Communications Union, Teamsters Local 20, Detroit Typgraphical Union, IBEW Local 8, Toledo Mailers Union
009-13-075
05/27/2014 Ace Hardware- Ohio Retail Support Center Perrysburg/Wood
105
07/25/2014 (614) 937-8675
Teamsters, Local 20
007-13-074
05/21/2014 Acosta Solon/Cuyahoga
55
07/21/2014 (410) 551-1404
N/A
003-13-073
05/19/2014 Leggitt and Platt Elyria/Lorain
71
07/18/2014 (417) 358-8131
IUE-CWA
004-13-072
05/13/2014 Ormet Hannibal/Monroe
42
05/31/2014 (740) 483-2641
USW Local 5724
015-13-071
05/07/2014 Believe to Achieve Academy  Various
63
06/30/2014 (212) 644-8619
N/A
099-13-070
05/07/2014 Champlain Enterprises, Inc. Cleveland/Cuyahoga
177
07/08/2014 (440) 779-4588
Airline Pilots Association (ALPA), International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers (IAM)
003-13-069
04/30/2014 Ford Motor Company Walton Hills/Cuyahoga
261
06/30/2014 (216) 587-7854
United Auto Workers
003-13-068
04/25/2014 Howden New Philadelphia/Tuscarawas
90
06/30/2014 (330) 308-7000
United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers Industrial Union
006-13-067
04/24/2014 Magna Strongsville/Cuyahoga
73
06/26/2014 (440) 846-5680
N/A
003-13-066
04/22/2014 DecisionOne Grove City/Franklin
23
04/11/2014 (610) 296-2924
N/A
011-13-065
04/01/2014 WSI All Star Dayton/Greene
88
05/31/2014 (561) 472-3620
Unknown
007-13-064
03/24/2014 RMC-USA Jefferson/Ashtabula
unknown
05/31/2014 unknown
N/A
019-13-061
03/21/2014 Giant Eagle Rossford/Wood
93
05/24/2014 (216) 591-2729
N/A
007-13-063
03/21/2014 Giant Eagle Toledo/Lucas
86
05/24/2014 (216) 591-2729
N/A
009-13-062
03/19/2014 USEC, Inc. Piketon/Pike
unknown
05/19/2014 (740) 897-2923
N/A
001-13-060
03/18/2014 CenturyLink Mansfield/Richland
83
03/06/2014 (318) 683-2019
N/A
010-13-059
03/17/2014 Beulah Park Gaming Ventures, Inc. Grove City/Franklin
46
05/01/2014 (407) 831-1600
Seafarers Entertainment and Allied Trade Unions (SEATU)
011-13-058
03/11/2014 PACS industries, Inc. Mt. Vernon/Knox
90
03/07/2014 (516) 465-7110
N/A
007-13-057
03/06/2014 Consolidated Transport Systems, Inc. Vanlue/Hancock
20
03/31/2014 (800) 348-8532
N/A
007-13-056
03/05/2014     Sid Tool Co. Cleveland/Cuyahoga
97
05/02/2014 (516) 812-1035
N/A
003-13-055
03/04/2014 Emerson Network Power Delaware/Delaware
63
06/30/2014 (740) 833-8598
N/A
007-13-054
03/03/2014 Gannett Publishing Services Newark/Licking
74
05/23/2014 (740) 349-1171
GCC/IBT
007-13-053
03/03/2014 MACtac Stow/Summit
113
05/03/2014 (330) 689-3902
Teamsters Local #348
002-13-052
02/28/2014 Dots Glenwillow/Cuyahoga
96
02/28/2014 (440) 349-7022
N/A
003-13-051
02/26/2014 Bechtel Power Generation Oak Harbor/Ottawa
155
04/01/2014 (301) 639-7087
N/A
007-13-050
02/10/2014 HDA, Inc/N-Store Merchandising Various/Various
115
02/03/2014 (314) 770-2228
N/A
099-13-049
02/10/2014 Millard Refigerated Services Streetsboro/Portage
65
04/07/2014 (402) 896-4709
N/A
019-13-048
02/03/2014 Verizon Youngstown/Mahoning
160
03/31/2014 (330) 965-8118
N/A
017-13-047
01/29/2014 Lockheed Martin Corp. Akron/Summit
506
06/26/2014 (407) 306-2629
United Auto Workers, Local 856
002-13-046
01/22/2014 Diversified Machine Edon/Williams
82
03/31/2014 (419) 272-5326
United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America
007-13-045
01/21/2014 Catholic Charities Corporation Parma/Cuyahoga
119
03/16/2014 (216) 334-2909
SEIU 1199
003-14-044
01/20/2014 CP Redi, LLC Columbus/Franklin
80
03/28/2014 (614) 255-0250
N/A
011-13-043
01/17/2014 TeleTech Amherst/Lorain
192
03/17/2014 (303) 397-8228
 N/A
004-13-042
01/16/2014 Schenker, Inc Circleville/Pickaway
142
02/09/2014 (757) 473-2956
N/A
020-13-041
 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Today's News.....


The Supreme Court made a decision today that protected the rights of the owners of Hobby Lobby while the health and rights of women got kicked into the trash.

Daily Kos:
The White House reacts to our bold new era of closely held corporate sharia:
"Today's decision jeopardizes the health of women that are employed by these companies," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters. He added: "We believe that a company should not be able to assert their views to deny employees federally mandated coverage." [...] "President Obama has said that [women] should be able to make decisions for themselves rather than their bosses deciding for them," he said. "As millions of women know, contraception is often vital to their well-being. We will work with Congress to make sure that any women affected by this decision will still have the same coverage and vital health services as everyone else."



Ladies and gentlemen, please boycott Hobby Lobby, if you haven't yet.

The Republican controlled House of Representatives has done nothing to help women, the jobless, the poor, or solve our immigration policy. It is time to throw the Republican bums out of office!

> Some old dinosaurs have been discovered and Plunderbund has the news of where they can be found!!!!


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

In case you missed it....


Politico has a very interesting news story:

The chief of staff to Ohio GOP Rep. Steve Stivers has resigned after a former porn actress posted an explicit photo of the aide online.

Adam Kuhn, a longtime Stivers aide, resigned on Tuesday. Kuhn is single, while the actress is married.....

....Kuhn was a key player in Stivers’ campaigns for several election cycles, including serving as campaign manager in 2010, according to media reports. He became Stivers’ deputy chief of staff in January 2011 and was promoted to chief of staff two years later, House payroll disbursement records show, with an annual salary of $130,000.....

Read the rest of the article at Politico.

>>> There is more bad news for Ohio.

  • According to recent ranking from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State, Ohio ranks number 38 in non farm job growth.

  • ODJFS shows the layoffs continue in Ohio.

  • Pothole claims are up in Ohio, according to 10TV.com. Looks like the Kasich administration hasn't done a good job maintaining our roads.

-------------------

If you really want to know what is happening in Ohio politics, you MUST read Plunderbund.

Monday, June 23, 2014

It continues...


Claims by Gov. John Kasich of his economic "Ohio miracle" appears to be a figment of his imagination. Certainly the unemployment rate has decreased, but many Ohioans have just dropped
out of the workforce. The layoffs continue to be displayed at ODJFS Current Warn page. Many of those jobs don't come back.

> Gov. John Kasich's budget cuts have proven dangerous to those fighting drug addiction. Kasich's cuts to community drug prevention programs have had serious consequences.

UtahPeoplePost:

....The death toll due to overdose of heroin in Ohio was 680 in 2012, 60 percent more than the previous year.

> Those budget cuts are hitting communities hard.

TodaysPulse:

Local communities and governments in Butler County have lost a combined $6.6 million in taxpayer-backed funding from the state since 2011.

More than $308 million, or 50 percent, has been axed from the local government fund- which means the state is sending that much less in tax dollars back to local townships, villages, cities, counties and parks across Ohio - since Gov. John Kasich took office in 2011.  The drastic cuts were initially proposed under his administration.....

Innovation Ohio points out that "local taxes up 34% under Kasich." 
Local communities and governments in Butler County have lost a combined $6.6 million in taxpayer-backed funding from the state since 2011.
More than $308 million, or 50 percent, has been axed from the local government fund — which means the state is sending that much less in tax dollars back to local townships, villages, cities, counties and parks across Ohio — since Gov. John Kasich took office in 2011. The drastic cuts were initially proposed under his administration.
- See more at: http://www.todayspulse.com/news/news/state-sharing-308m-less-with-local-governments/ngPhq/#sthash.QNwx5XFr.dpuf

Where is our tax money going? Kasich has provided more money to charter schools, and to his super secret JobsOhio development group. Unfortunately, all that money going to corporations to create jobs hasn't produced many jobs.  Someone is making money, and it isn't average Ohioans.

Local communities and governments in Butler County have lost a combined $6.6 million in taxpayer-backed funding from the state since 2011.
More than $308 million, or 50 percent, has been axed from the local government fund — which means the state is sending that much less in tax dollars back to local townships, villages, cities, counties and parks across Ohio — since Gov. John Kasich took office in 2011. The drastic cuts were initially proposed under his administration.
- See more at: http://www.todayspulse.com/news/news/state-sharing-308m-less-with-local-governments/ngPhq/#sthash.QNwx5XFr.dpuf

Local communities and governments in Butler County have lost a combined $6.6 million in taxpayer-backed funding from the state since 2011.
More than $308 million, or 50 percent, has been axed from the local government fund — which means the state is sending that much less in tax dollars back to local townships, villages, cities, counties and parks across Ohio — since Gov. John Kasich took office in 2011. The drastic cuts were initially proposed under his administration.
- See more at: http://www.todayspulse.com/news/news/state-sharing-308m-less-with-local-governments/ngPhq/#sthash.QNwx5XFr.dpuf

Local communities and governments in Butler County have lost a combined $6.6 million in taxpayer-backed funding from the state since 2011.
More than $308 million, or 50 percent, has been axed from the local government fund — which means the state is sending that much less in tax dollars back to local townships, villages, cities, counties and parks across Ohio — since Gov. John Kasich took office in 2011. The drastic cuts were initially proposed under his administration.
- See more at: http://www.todayspulse.com/news/news/state-sharing-308m-less-with-local-governments/ngPhq/#sthash.QNwx5XFr.dpuf

Monday, June 16, 2014

Moving Backwards


Ohio Gov. John Kasich and his Republican pals are moving our state to the past:

• Women have lost rights to control their reproductive systems.

• Schools have lost millions of dollars in support so that the failing charter schools can get more tax dollars.

• Cities, villages, and counties have lost funding for road repairs, fire and police staffing, and administrative support.

• Colleges have lost money from the Kasich budgets because of his bizarre funding plan that has nothing to do with the number of enrolled students.

• Thousands of people have lost food and living support with cuts made by Kasich.

• Physicians, teachers, fire fighters, police officers, and community leaders have seen their security and daily jobs altered by cuts and restrictions imposed by the right wing GOP.

• Kasich and the Republicans pushed and passed a third grade reading guarantee law without any funding going to school districts.

• School districts have had to turn to more school levies because of Kasich's cuts to districts.

• Cuts to green energy rules will cause Ohio to lose even more jobs because of the small-minded, Neanderthals in the Republican Party that want us to return to the past.

Etc., etc., etc.

It is time for progress. Ohio needs to support Ed Fitzgerald for governor. Period.


Monday, June 09, 2014

More Ohio Republican Scandals?


If your Ohio community or school district has deficits popping up, there might be an explanation.

AthensNews:

A representative from the Athens City Schools joined a conference call Thursday criticizing state budget cuts impacting local governments and school districts across Ohio.

Assistant Superintendent Tom Gibbs joined the call organized by One Ohio Now, a coalition of more than 100 progressive advocacy groups, labor unions, and health and human service organizations.

The group recently launched a website at CutsHurtOhio.com that allows users to click a given county and obtain a figure on how much the area has lost in state budget cuts to education and local government....


Check out CutsHurtOhio.com to see how your community is doing.

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>>>> People are talking about the scandal surrounding the staff resignations from the office of Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor. Questions surround the time sheets, attendance, and even the office atmosphere.

Cleveland:

Cuyahoga County executive and Democrat gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald and the state's Republican party sparred on Sunday after FitzGerald called for answers to questions surrounding the resignation of Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor's chief of staff and her assistant.

Taylor's chief of staff, Laura Johnson, and Johnson's administrative assistant, Heather Brandt, both resigned on Friday after Taylor discovered irregularities between their time sheets and key card information that detailed in and out access in offices and a parking garage.

"Governor Kasich needs to demand some answers from his lieutenant governor," FitzGerald's campaign said in a statement....

An article in the Columbus Dispatch has one of the staff members describing Taylor's office as having an "unhealthy hostile work environment." Well! That is very interesting!

How did this all come to the public's attention?   Plunderbund had requested records:

Republican Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor’s chief of staff and her administrative assistant resigned today after a record request from Plunderbund revealed that Laura Johnson and her assistant Heather Brandt had been billing the state for hours they were not working....


...Plunderbund filed the request after receiving a tip that Johnson and Brandt had been stealing state time, working on John Kasich’s reelection campaign while being paid by the state.
Links to the requested records can be found below:
Cards
Garage
Payroll
Timesheets..


 There have been lots of rumors that Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor spends little time in her Columbus office. The state set up a "satellite office" near her home. The problem is that if you are not in your designated office every single day, you have no idea what is happening in that office. If Taylor is not doing her job, which person is overseeing staff and work?
 

>>> The Ben Suarez trial continues with  plenty of questions about how the campaigns of Republicans Rep. Jim Renacci and Ohio Secreatry of State Josh Mandel received such large sums of campaign money from Suarez and his employees. Check the link for details.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Climate Change Deniers?


Central Ohio is the home of the Ohio State University and many faculty members live in the metropolitan area. Some of those professors would be shocked to learn that climate change deniers are representing them in Congress.

Plunderbund has detailed how both Rep. Steve Stivers (OH-15) and Rep. Pat Tiberi (OH-12th) have worked to put their backward, anti-science thinking into their legislation and votes.

Ninety-seven percent of scientists believe in climate change. The people of central Ohio have 2 members of the House of Representatives who've aligned themselves with the quacks that make up the 3% who deny climate change.

Read the entire posting at Plunderbund and you'll never look at Stivers and Tiberi the same way again.


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Ohio Notes....


Do not miss the HBO special,  The Normal Heart.  The movie, which is based on a play, is about the AIDS crisis as it started to unfold in the United States.  Those of us who lived through those days, lost family members, and watched the lack of support from the government, cannot forget. Warning:  The themes are not appropriate for youngsters.

>>> It appears that another manufacturing plant is closing in Ohio. According to a warn notice posted at the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services,  90 people will lose jobs when the plant closes. Both salaried and union members will be out of work as of the end of June 2014. Gov. Kasich seems uninterested in saving these jobs. Does the fact that these are union jobs make him turn his back on this company and the employees? I'm just asking.

> What is going on with the $1.6 billion owes to the U.S. government? Why is Gov. Kasich refusing to explain why our utility costs may increase? Where is the transparency? Why does Republican Josh Mandel continue to be in the news over some letter he submitted to help one of his campaign contributors?  If you are looking for answers, check out this article at Cleveland.com.


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Job News?


If you talk to employed people in Ohio, you'll find that many of them are underemployed. The jobs that have come to Ohio under Gov. Kasich do not appear to be providing jobs for college grads. The only jobs that seem to be plentiful are those at Walmart and fast food restaurants. Many highly qualified people continue to be out of work.

In the latest news on the Ohio job front, a large number of people were furloughed at a large manufacturing plant.

WOSU:

A Central Ohio glassware manufacturer has stopped production. Anchor-Hocking in Lancaster abruptly halted operations with little notice to the company’s 1,100 workers.

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services spokesman Ben Johnson says it’s uncertain how long the lay-offs will last....

....On its website, Anchor-Hocking’s parent firm, Every Ware Global says the shutdown of Lancaster’s glassware factory is expected to last three or four weeks. But the length of the lay-offs depends on what the company calls “numerous business factors.” Some workers are being furloughed without pay.....

A warn notice has not been posted at ODJFS. There have been other layoffs announced at the state website. 

> With Kasich's cuts to local governments, it appears that a community will lose safety services---

ThisWeek:

The Norwich Township trustees on May 20 decided to notify Brown Township they will terminate the townships' contract for EMS and fire-protection services next year if Brown trustees cannot find a funding solution.

“It is with regret that I move we adopt a resolution informing Brown Township that if the levy does not pass in November, Norwich will cease to provide EMS and fire, May 15, 2015,” Norwich Trustee Larry Earman said.

“This puts (Brown Township) on notice. We’re frustrated but serious (about suspending services) if they can’t pass a levy."


Kasich would rather cut money to towns, schools, fire and police services in order to give tax cuts to the rich. Lives are at risk, but some people just don't care.


Friday, May 16, 2014

Shouldn't DeWine Know the Laws?


It is no secret that Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has been flying all over the country to appear in state courts to fight against the Affordable Care Act. DeWine goes to other states to argue his opposition to the birth control mandate. Unfortunately, real issues in Ohio are being ignored because DeWine has spent a lot of time out of Ohio (and also holding nearly weekly press conferences).  People are demanding answers from Mike DeWine.

Sandusky Register:

...The Register has reported about lawsuits and complaints from numerous families against Sandusky County officials and has discussed those issues with Attorney General DeWine in detail in late March, asking direct questions the families have raised.

DeWine said he would look at the concerns further and review the Ohio Revised Code to determine what action the attorney general's office was authorized to consider. 

DeWine has not followed up or offered further comment....

Why does Mike DeWine need to review the Ohio Revised Code if he is the Attorney General? Doesn't he know state laws?

Sunday, May 11, 2014

The Good, and the Bad


The Good Stuff---

Let me offer a Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms, Grandmothers, and Great Grandmothers!

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Here is the bad stuff-----

1.  Franklin County residents have been warned by the Koch Brothers and their organization, Americans for Prosperity.

10TV:

A conservative anti-tax group funded by the Koch brothers is warning Columbus Zoo officials not to seek any tax increase in their next levy attempt or again face well financed opposition.

"We will oppose any tax increase of any kind," said Eli Miller, Ohio director of Americans For Prosperity.  "Don't ask for a tax increase at any level.  We are a community based organization here in Ohio and if you're going to raise taxes you're going to hear from us."


It doesn't matter what the people of central Ohio want ----the overlords (aka the Koch Brothers) have spoken!  The lesson here is that the Koch Brothers want things to go their way and they will spend any amount of money to oppose what the community wants.

2.  Despite the baloney being pushed by Gov. John Kasich and the Republican Governors, Ohio continues to lose jobs. The update of warn notices shows layoffs continue, while Kasich is far behind in replacing all of the jobs lost in the recession.  Why didn't Kasich save these jobs: https://jfs.ohio.gov/warn/current.stm????  Why does he continue to give away our money to his CEO buddies when there are plenty of jobs here to save? Why didn't he work to save the 1,000 jobs at Ormet? Did he not like the fact that the jobs at Ormet were union jobs?

The RGA ad promoting Kasich has been fact checked and apparently ad is wrong: LINK.



3.   Did you know that Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has failed to recover over $30 million from failed charter schools? That is an awful lot of money to not collect! NBC's channel 4 did an investigation on this scandal.  If you owed the state $30 million, would DeWine go after you? Are these political donors that DeWine doesn't want to offend?

Here are a few points from the NBC4i investigation:

  • Every student in the public school loses 6.5 percent of their state revenue to money going to charter schools
  • The state spends about 7200 dollars a pupil in charter schools
  • Once you remove charter schools and vouchers, the state spends about 3500 dollars per pupil in public schools
  •  Students in Columbus Schools lose almost 25 percent of their state revenue to charter school students
  •  The average student in a charter schools loses a full marking period in math and about a third of a marking period in reading compared with their public school
  •  According to a recent Stanford Study (2013). Since 2009 Ohio is 1 of 4 states whose charter schools have actually lowered its performance.

According to Mike Collins, of the Ohio Board of Education
  • In 1998, $10 million was spent on the initial experiment of charter schools  
  • Only about 10 percent of charter schools can be identified as successful
  • $1.4 billion has been spent since 2005 through school year 2012-2013 on charter schools that have never gotten any higher grade than an F or a D...
This is absolutely disgusting! Our children in public schools are being cheated and it appears that Mike DeWine has failed to do his job!