Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Ohio Continues to Lose Jobs

* Did you know that since Gov. Kasich took office that Ohio has lost over 7,000 jobs?  Check out the Warn Notice page at the Ohio Dept. of Jobs and Family Services.

* Instead of raising taxes on the wealthy, some people are coming up with incredibly stupid ideas.


....The Florida Times-Union reports (http://bit.ly/nZbutT) that the program would put two inmates in each of three existing firehouses in Camden County.

Officials say the inmates would respond to all emergencies — including residential fires — alongside traditional firefighters.

The inmates would have no guard, but would be monitored by a surveillance system and by the traditional firefighters, who would undergo training to guard the inmates. Authorities say one traditional firefighter with correctional training can supervise up to three inmates....

This is a seriously dumb idea on many levels.  Professional firefighters have received special training and testing in order to qualify for their jobs. Putting inmates alongside professionally trained firefighters puts everyone at risk.  It also requires firefighters to take their attention off saving people and property while they "supervise up to three inmates".

The county officials in Camden County claim this would save money.  It wouldn't save lives. This plan would also add to the stress that professional firefighters already have on the job.  Why should they take on the responsibilities of overseeing prison inmates?

>>>  The Marietta Time:

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is a polarizing figure in his own state, but he's also developing a national reputation in some circles as one of the worst governors in the nation...

......One lightning rod of controversy for Kasich is his backing of Senate Bill 5, which limits the collective bargaining rights of Ohio's public employees and prohibits them from striking. Opponents placed a repeal effort on the November ballot and Kasich has been out campaigning to keep the legislation in place, arguing it will allow state and local government entities to better control costs.

Opponents say it takes away public workers' rights and could result in unfair and even unsafe conditions.....

This is all part of the Republican plan----cut school funding, cut budgets for fire and safety, wipe out unions, and reward Republican business donors, the corporations, and FOK (friends of Kasich).  While the Republicans continue to ask for shared sacrifice, they refuse to cut their own salaries and benefits.

****  David Robinson explains why it is necessary to vote NO on Issue 2.

David Robinson is the Democrat that ran against Republican Mike Duffey for State Representative for the 21st District.  Duffey, very famously, voted to support SB 5.  In doing so, Duffey turned his back on all the teachers, nurses, firefighters, police officers, and public employees that live in his district.  Mike Duffey is definitely someone we will try to vote out at the next election. 

Let me remind you again----

Vote NO on Issues 2.

Vote NO on Issues 1, 2, 3.