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March 2015



President Obama's Remarks at Selma
In a reference to race relations he said in part, "We know the march is not yet over. We know the race is not yet won." I agree with him. However, a question came to mind: How will we know when racism ends? Or what will our nation look like when racism ceases to exist? Well, I remember asking those questions decades ago. The answer was: "The day we have a black president." Arguably, race relations have gotten worse under President Obama's watch. That's disappointing, but there's always hope.

Ohio House of Representatives
House Bill 64 – State Budget
It's been encouraging to see so many of my colleagues concerned about state spending and working on proposals to do something about it. Many in the old guard seem to take the Eeyore approach, "Oh well, that's just the way it is." (And with a shrug of the shoulders), "there's nothing we can do about it." Well, I can't and I won't accept that. To that end, I've submitted multiple amendments to the budget with more to come later:

·         Repeal governor's proposed Commercial Activities Tax (CAT) rate increase

·         Repeal governor's proposed vendor allowance cap

·         Repeal governor's proposed tobacco and OTP tax increase

·         Repeal governor's proposed vape tax increase

·         Repeal governor's proposed sales tax rate increase

·         Repeal governor's proposed sales tax expansion

·         Repeal governor's proposed 50% trade-in credit limitation

·         Limit governor's proposed severance tax increase to public lands only

·         Enact Core Charge refund

·         Repeal Medicaid expansion

·         Roll back Medicaid to federal minimums

·         Enact Ohio Marriage Penalty repeal

·         Enact loans for school facilities projects

·         Defund Planned Parenthood

Most of the above concentrate on tax policy. The next batch of amendments will be for the omnibus budget bill and will concentrate on spending controls.

House Bill 50 – Foster Care Expansion and Ward's Bill of Rights
This bill is a tale of the good, the bad, and the ugly. It started during last year's lame duck session and set me off like a Roman candle. It got pulled from the agenda last year but now it's back. Fortunately, it’s not as bad as it was.
Based on my analysis of the bill, my conversation with the bill's sponsor,
Dorothy Pelanda, and several discussions with the Legislative Services Commission, the Attorney General's office, Jobs and Family Services, a juvenile court judge, input from the Ohio Judicial Conference, and others, I've summarized the following concerns:

1.    The bill of rights applies to minors including blood family members.

2.    Wards would be granted special rights in the Ohio Revised Code. Who will be the next group to get special rights?

3.    The bill expands a social welfare program complete with additional staff, administrative expenses, and direct payments from the treasury to the tune of $35 million of new federal and state spending.

The Good
The argument is that foster kids age out of the system at age 18. Like our own kids, we don't simply abandon them and turn them loose when they turn 18. The idea of the bill is that these young adults will continue to get assistance until they reach age 21.
The Bad

·         According to ODJFS, for FY 2016, the cost would be approximately $550,000 to hire new staff and administrative costs in order to begin implementation in FY 2017.

·         Direct payments could be given to the former foster kid who could be out on his own. Those payments could be used for any purpose, including illicit.

·         Expands a social welfare program complete with new staff, additional administrative costs, and direct payments from the treasury.

·         Increased spending accelerates to more than $35 million ($14 state/$21 fed) per year by FY 2019.

The Ugly

The bill contains 16 enumerated rights for wards regardless of age or relationship. Imagine that your brother died and you are now the guardian of your 16-year-old niece and 12-year-old nephew. I've listed, with comment, six of the proposed enumerated rights:

Many of the above concerns aren't a problem under current law. But this will be a new law. Now imagine the above becoming state law. How might you think a liberal federal judge will interpret these enumerated rights?
HB 50 is currently in the
Community and Family Advancement Committee. It had been scheduled for a vote but is now on hold. If you share my concerns, please contact your state representative. You'd be surprised by the impact a few calls can have. Hey, I can't fight these battles alone. I'm only one man and one vote.

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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

April 6, 2015
Union Twp Central Committee meeting at 7 pm at the Civic Center.

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

April 10, 2015
First Friday Luncheon at McCormick & Schmick's at noon featuring Ohio Director of Budget and Management, Tim Keen.

April 28, 2015
Citizen's for Community Values (CCV) annual banquet at Xavier University beginning at 6 pm for $60.

Becker for State Representative
Ranked a top tier "most archconservative" by the Columbus Dispatch (September 2013).
" arguably the most conservative member of the Ohio House," said The Cincinnati Enquirer (January 2014).
"GOP Ohio House freshman Becker is no shrinking violet," headlined the Columbus Dispatch (December 2014).
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