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April 2015



Becker wins prestigious William Wilberforce Leadership Award
Citizens for Community Values presented this award to me at their April 28, 2015 banquet. It's both exciting and humbling to be chosen for such a prestigious award. More than 400 people attended the event. I told the crowd the story about how and why I called for the impeachment of federal Judge Timothy Black.

Ohio House of Representatives
House Bill 64 State Budget
I submitted multiple amendments for the final House version of the biennial budget. All of them were aimed at cutting expenses at the state or local level. My signature amendment reduced the growth in state spending by $1.7 billion and eliminated the Commercial Activities Tax (CAT) over two years. It did not increase any other taxes or cut spending from current (fiscal year 2014) actuals. It simply reduced the rate of growth to less than double the inflation rate. (Was that really too much to ask?)
Other amendments included:

         Require performance based pay and eliminate step increases for public sector employees.

         Eliminate longevity bonus.

         Eliminate cash conversion by public employees of any unused sick leave.

         Require public employees to pay at least 15 percent of healthcare cost.

         Eliminate teacher continuing contracts.

         Restore political contributions tax credit.

All were rejected. The result is a bloated budget with continued excessive spending and at an accelerated rate. The budget is a mix of state and federal dollars. The annualized spending of state dollars is increasing at triple the 1.6 percent inflation rate from current actuals. Federal dollars are being spent at 4.8 times the inflation rate. The people of Clermont County did not send me to Columbus to spend their money faster than they can earn it. Did I mention that Obamacare Medicaid expansion was baked into this? Those were the primary reasons I voted NO on the House budget. It is now in the hands of the Senate.

House Bill 50 Foster Care Expansion and Ward's Bill of Rights passed the Community and Family Advancement Committee.
That committee is chaired by Tim Derickson. Kudos to Ron Hood who was the only NO vote. I submitted written opposition testimony. To view it, click this link, click "April 28, 2015," and then look for "Representative Becker" under "H. B. No. 50," then click "Download" in the last column. My objections to the bill were also outlined in the March edition of The Becker Report. Additionally, I drafted two amendments. One prohibits direct payments to the foster person. The other deleted the Ward's Bill of Rights. Both were called "ridiculous" by the bill's sponsor, Dorothy Pelanda. They were rejected by the committee. Again, Ron Hood was the only NO vote.


Video Central
Bill Whittle puts the fight for Freedom in Perspective (7 minutes)
Bill Whittle presents: Not One of Us (6+ 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

May 1, 2015
First Friday Luncheon at McCormick & Schmick's at noon featuring Ohio Senate President Keith Faber.

May 4, 2015
Union Twp Central Committee meeting at 7 pm at the Civic Center.

May 5, 2015
Clermont County Tea Party meeting at the Eastgate Holiday Inn at 7 pm.

May 20, 2015
Clermont County Republican Central Committee meeting in Batavia.

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).
Becker wins prestigious William Wilberforce Leadership Award (April 2015).
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