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May 2015



"Undocumented Immigrants" or Illegal Aliens?
This shift in the lexicon is intended to influence public opinion away from criminal behavior and imply that a benign paperwork oversight is the problem. I wonder what school kids are being taught about illegal aliens. Let's just fix the paperwork? By definition, illegal aliens (or so-called "undocumented immigrants"), are criminals. They reside here illegally. Likewise, are kids being taught about undocumented pharmacists or street drug dealers? What about undocumented shoppers or thieves? Also, undocumented sex workers or prostitutes? What about undocumented executioners or murderers?
Let's not forget about "affordable" housing or "affordable" healthcare. We don't call these things government subsidized anymore because many taxpayers resent government officials being generous with their money. It's much easier to change the language rather than the behavior of elected officials.

Ohio House of Representatives
"Budget Hawk Becker"
I saw that term in a local publication and I liked it. When John Kasich was a member of Congress, he created the "Kasich Budget." That story inspired me. I thought that I might someday create the "Becker Budget." That "someday" is now.

Iím currently crafting separate legislation to slow state spending growth by $1.3 billion. Iím calling this plan the "Becker Budget." It eliminates Obamacare Medicaid expansion, defunds Planned Parenthood, and phases out the state income tax over five years. No tax increases or spending cuts are required. It's a matter of starting with current actuals (fiscal year 2014) and increasing spending by the compounded two year inflation rate (3.23 percent) as a starting point for the fiscal year 2016 proposal. The 2017 numbers use the annual inflation rate of 1.6 percent as a starting point. I've built two exceptions into the calculations. Healthcare costs grow faster than the standard inflation rate. Also, interest and principle payments (aka debt maintenance) are growing faster than inflation. Consequently, the "Becker Budget" calls for increasing state spending by 5.5 percent in 2016 (over FY 2014 actuals) and another 1.9 percent in 2017. Again, these numbers are greater than the inflation rate because of Medicaid and debt maintenance. I think it's a reasonable compromise.

In contrast, the budget bill passed by the Ohio House (HB 64) includes Obamacare Medicaid expansion and continued funding for Planned Parenthood. It increases state spending by 9.6 percent in 2016 compared to my 5.5 percent. The House passed bill tacks on an additional 3.9 percent in 2017 compared to my 1.9 percent.

All of the above are for state dollars only. If you look at "all funds" which includes federal dollars, the "Becker Budget" slows spending growth by a dramatic $6.2 billion. For FY 2016 the "Becker Budget" increases "all funds" spending (from 2014 actuals) by 6.1 percent compared to a whopping 15.4 percent for HB 64. The 2017 "Becker Budget" increase is 1.0 percent compared to 6.1 percent for HB 64.

It is important to note that defenders of HB 64 will point to FY 2015 as a baseline and that the rate of growth is much less than I've described. The problem with that logic is that FY 2015 won't close until June 30, 2015. The 2015 "estimate" is not a forecast for the purposes of financial analysis. Those numbers include appropriations, are inflated, and inappropriate for these purposes. Therefore, the FY 2014 numbers are the most appropriate for this analysis. They are current actuals. Regardless of which fiscal year anyone uses for comparison, the above calculations remain.

In summary, the provisions of the "Becker Budget" include:

         Slow (state only) spending growth by $1.3 billion from 2014 actuals.

         Reduce income tax rates proportionally.

         Phase out income tax over five years.

         Slow "all funds" growth by $6.2 billion from 2014 actuals.

         Eliminate Obamacare Medicaid expansion.

         Defund Planned Parenthood.

         Eliminate the Ohio Marriage Penalty.

         Allow sales tax refunds for Core charges.

         Allow Governor Kasich's proposed severance tax to apply to public lands only.

         Restore Political Contributions Tax Credit that was removed by HB 64.

         Expand Indigent tort reform.

         Prohibit double dipping (grandfather in current double dippers).


Video Central
Bill Whittle †- The Criminal Arrogance of Hillary Clinton (7 minutes)
GM aka Government Motors, Goes to China (9+ 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

June 1, 2015
Union Twp Central Committee meeting at 7 pm at the Civic Center.

June 2, 2015
Clermont County Tea Party meeting at the Eastgate Holiday Inn at 7 pm.

June 4, 2015
Frontier Days Parade in Milford at 6:30 pm. Look for me in slot 65.

June 5, 2015
First Friday Luncheon at McCormick & Schmick's at noon featuring Ohio Senate President Keith Faber.

June 13, 2015
Ohio Pro-Family Forum in Columbus.

June 17, 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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