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February 2015

 


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Kudos to Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore
This is from the Family Research Council

By order of Alabama's Chief Justice Roy Moore, several probate judges across the state have refused to issue same-sex "marriage" licenses -- stunning liberals and threatening to topple the Left's mirage of court-imposed power. As Justice Moore has clearly stated, Granade's decision is limited to the specific parties to the case and only serves as persuasive (not binding) authority to non-parties. But those non-parties include probate judges under Justice Moore's administrative authority. In that capacity, he has informed them that anyone who issues licenses to homosexual couples is "breaking the Alabama Constitution's marriage amendment, which has not been overturned by the United States Supreme Court." And Alabama's word is the final one on marriage until the Supreme Court intervenes this summer.
As Chief Justice, Roy's word is the final one on marriage until the Supreme Court intervenes this summer. That seems to be lost on the Left, who is pitching a fit that Alabama is daring to challenge the authority of one unelected judge. "Nobody has ruled on marriage," Judge Moore told reporters. "If they had ruled on marriage, we wouldn't need to be going to the United States Supreme Court in April... There is no law right now that overcomes the Alabama Constitution."

Dropping Money out of a Helicopter (Look for multiple parallels here.)
If a politician was to promise to drop millions of $100 bills out of a helicopter, he would likely get elected. He would also be very popular with the people until they discover that he took those $100 bills from them first.

Ohio House of Representatives
Common Core
House Bill 7 passed the Ohio House. I'm a co-sponsor of HB 7 and I support the full and immediate repeal of Common Core. HB 7 does not do that but it is a step in the right direction. Click here for information and how to opt out of PARCC testing.

State Spending Exposed
The state budget is complex and made up of multiple funds sometimes referred to as silos or buckets. While watching your tax dollars, I concentrate mostly on the state portion of the General Revenue Fund (GRF). The GRF revenues come from the sales tax, income tax, tobacco tax, alcohol tax, Commercial Activities Tax (CAT) and more. If you were to examine the growth of GRF state spending since Governor Kasich took office and beginning with his first budget in Fiscal Year (FY) 2012, you would find that the General Assembly has been spending your money at TRIPLE the inflation rate. While the inflation rate for 2014 was only 1.6 percent, the governor's proposal is to increase the rate of spending by 4.2 percent in FY 2016 and another 4.0 percent on top of that for FY 2017. If we were to "correct" the FY 2016 proposal and reduce spending to where we could be (if we had only spent at the inflation rate using FY 2011 as a baseline), the FY 2016 proposal should be, in theory, reduced by $3.5 billion and another $4.1 billion for FY 2017. That alone, would eliminate most of the state income tax. If all of that isn't bad enough, I have reason to believe that it is worse than the numbers show. That's because FY 2015 won't be complete until June 30, 2015. The current "estimated" FY 2015 spending appears to be inflated because it includes actual expenditures plus appropriations. If the estimate is correct, FY 2015 spending will be higher than FY 2014 actuals by 5.7 percent. That doesn't pass the sniff test. I think it's too high. Therefore, the governor's FY 2016 proposed increase might math out to be significantly greater than 4.2 percent. Regardless (and in summary), we spend way the hell too much of your money.
The Anal Analysis (The Rest of the Story.)
If you were to do a granular analysis of each of the 500, or so, line items of the GRF, you would find that much of the spending "can't" be cut. For example, there are eight line items for "debt service." FY 2016 shows $1.03 billion and another $1.08 billion for FY 2017. Remember those numbers the next time you vote for a state bond issue. Additionally, there's about $300 million in each fiscal year for "lease bond payments" and "lease rental payments."
What about Medicaid?
About $5.5 billion are state dollars. (An additional $13 billion are federal dollars.) If we were to eliminate Medicaid expansion and reduce spending to federal minimums, we would "only" save $406 million in FY 2016 and another $563 million in FY 2017. The state portion of the expansion is $120 million in FY 2017. That number will grow dramatically in future years.
The Bottom Line
Per the above discussion, debt service and Medicaid "can't" be adjusted for inflation. Therefore, using 2011 (the year Governor Kasich took office) as a baseline and adjusting the remaining line items for inflation, the governor's budget proposal could theoretically be reduced by $1.5 billion in FY 2016 and $1.8 billion in FY 2017. That's enough money to eliminate the Commercial Activities Tax (CAT).
If you want some additional heartburn, consider the fact that Governor Kasich's "All Funds" budget proposal for FY 2016 is 13.6 percent greater than FY 2014 actuals and that the 2014 inflation rate was only 1.6 percent. That's more than QUADRUPLE the annual inflation rate.

How does Clermont County Rank?
In case the residents of Clermont County are wondering about how much of our tax dollars come back home, consider the following:
Clermont County state spending per capita ranks #80 out of 88 counties at $2,032.
The Peoples Republic of Athens County is #1 at $5,093 per capita.
Delaware County ranks #88 at $1,104 per capita.
http://www.lsc.ohio.gov/fiscal/statespending/2014/2014countyspending.pdf.
The state collects our money and then puts us 80th in line to get some of it back. If you're mad as hell about Ohio's tax and spending policy, so am I.

Video Central
"Earthrise" as seen by Apollo 8 (1968) (7 minutes)
Brian Williams Misremembers / Apology Cartoon Comic - Animated Sitcom (2 minutes)
Heidi Huber Talks Opting Out of Common Core Assessments (34 minutes)
Benham Brothers (5 minutes)
Faith2Action Light Wins (5+ minutes)
Andrew Klavan: Attack of the But-Heads! (4 minutes)
Live By The Sword - Die By The Sword (<2 minutes)
Muslim Demographics (7+ minutes)
Andrew Klavan: The Obama Conspiracy Conspiracy (3+ minutes)
Faith 2 Action Light Wins Trailer (9+ minutes)
Karl Marx for President? (4+ minutes)

Older Clips
League of Women Voters Candidates forum: John Becker vs. Democrat opponent (28 minutes)
John Becker on Fox 19 News talking about "Stand Your Ground" (HB 203) (3 minutes)
John Becker on Ch. 10 News in Columbus regarding the impeachment of Judge Black (3 minutes)
John Becker on Fox 19 talking about HB 244 (3 minutes)
John Becker on Fox 19 talking about Medicaid (2 minutes)
John Becker radio interview with Chris Long, Ohio Christian Alliance (25 minutes)

Event Calendar
March 2, 2015
Union Twp Central Committee meeting at 7 pm at the Civic Center.

March 3, 2015
Clermont County Tea Party at the Eastgate Holiday Inn at 7 pm.

March 6, 2015
First Friday Luncheon at McCormick & Schmick's at noon featuring Congressman Brad Wenstrup.

March 12, 2015
EmpowerU: Governor Kasich's Budget: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Sycamore Twp Trustees room (8540 Kenwood Rd.).

Becker for State Representative
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"GOP Ohio House freshman Becker is no shrinking violet," headlined the Columbus Dispatch (December 2014).
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