Ohio Diary#5: Kasich “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet.”

That is a direct quote from Kasich’s State of the State address.  He is right.

Although, the budget isn’t due out until March 15, The Dayton Daily News reported on the budget plan, according to proposals they obtained.  The article states that the proposed budget may call for selling of five prisons to private vendors, trimming money for children’s hospitals, drug courts and child care subsidies, and closing a youth prison.  His intention is to privatize prisons, which leads to job loss and profits.

Privatize is the key word here in Ohio.  Privatize prisons, schools and anything else he can think of for profits.  Deny you constituents their rights, deny them a decent wage, deny them health care, but we will make money on the backs of what will soon be the newly poor. Kasich also said in address.”Too much worrying about ourselves and our party and not enough about the folks who put us here.”  How true, how true.  It continues now.  They are thinking of so much and want to help us so much that their help requires stripping of us our rights.  Take away collective bargaining so they can dictate what happens to the workers.  Oh well, the referendum is coming.

And how about SB 5, the anti-collective bargaining bill?  Well, it seems that House is up to Senate’s shenanigans.  According to Ohio progressive blog Plunderbund reports that Republicans in the state House have now taken a pager from their Senate colleagues and are abruptly replacing a Republican on the House Labor committee in order to game the outcome of a vote on the same anti-union bill:

According to a house source, Republicans have on the first day of hearings replaced a member of the Commerce and Labor Committee in order to ensure passage of SB5. The makeup of the committee is 9-6 Republican.  There are two freshman on the committee and what they are apparently doing is letting one freshman vote no to avoid electoral fallout, but they can’t let two people vote no or SB5 will not make it out.

Ross W McGregor [OH-72] is being replaced by William P Coley, II [OH-55].

Republican have had to  replace nearly a third of their membership on the committee on the first day of hearing just to keep the bill alive.  Talk about rig the vote.!!!!

Since, Ross McGregor is my state representative, I decided to email him and my question was simple:  “Is this move to force off the committee legal.”Amazingly, I received an almost immediate response:

My decision to sand down as a member of the House Commerce and Labor committee was a mutually agreed upon decision and Speaker of the House William Batchelder.

As Chairman of the House Finance and Appropriations subcommittee on Transportation, I have the responsibility of stewarding the State Transportation Budget [HGB 114] through the state legislature. …….Because of this commitment, Speaker Batchelder and I agreed that it would be in the best interest of the legislature if I would stand aside from the Commerce & Labor Committee while work on the budget continues. It would be a disservice to the citizens of the state of Ohio if I were to attempt to serve on both committees simultaneously…….

Update:  Another member has been removed from the committee:  Rep. Richard Adams [R-Troy] has also been replaced on the committee with Rep. Louis Blessing [R-Cincinnati].   This makes the email Rep McGregor sent me curious.  Now, did Rep. Adams also stand down because he was also on another committee and could not work on two?  All this is just too convenient.

De we not have recourse???? We do, we just have to begin.  We cannot allow Republicans to continue their, I will do what I want no matter the cost attitude.  It is time to expose these people to everyone.  Contact your newspapers, tv stations and radio and spread the word.  At http://www.bucyeyeinstitute.org, you can find the 2010 salaries of all the members of the Ohio house and senate. You can also find the yearly cost of supplying them health care and sick leave. Get that information out also.  If they want to cut our benefits, then they should start with their own. Shared Pain.

Update:  The Heartbeat Bill  HB125:  Today, “Trashed Fetus” to testify.  She survived her mother’s attempt to abort.  Her story may be compelling. But she was put up for adoption by her biological parents, was adopted, is trying to find her biological parents, and is successful human being  That notwithstanding, like the “fetus to testify” ploy, this is the Right’s attempt to say that adoption is a better alternative to abortion.  It will make those in committee cry.  But the truth is that all unwanted pregnancies do not end in adoption.  There just aren’t enough people to adopt and the process is simple too long and difficult.  But the absurd part of this is that they want the government to be in the doctor’s office, and tell a woman what she can do with her own body regardless of the circumstances.  They want small government, but instead they will make it big government.  Don’t let them take away women’s rights.  Throw the bums out.



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