I hope everyone had a great Christmas and will have a fantastic 2019! Hey, it's the end of the year and your last opportunity for 2018 to take advantage of Ohio's Political Contribution Tax Credit. This is not a deduction. It is a full dollar-for-dollar tax credit. While a tax deduction (like for charitable donations) reduces taxable income, a tax credit is far superior because it reduces the tax liability, hence increasing your refund by the same dollar amount. The credit is worth $50 per taxpayer and $100 on joint tax returns. That's why a married couple can send me $100 and have it cost them nothing! That's another way of saying FREE. Please click the donate button above by December 31st. Or my preference is that you mail your check to:
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The check simply has to be dated in 2018 for it to qualify for the tax credit. If it's post marked in January, that's not a problem. But please don't hesitate and do it today.
Who or what is the "Caveman Caucus"?
The moniker dates back decades and well into the previous century. Like the "Freedom Caucus" in Washington DC, we are a relatively small group of legislators who represent principled conservatism. Some might call us the Republican wing of the Republican Party or the conservatives who not only preach it, but also mean it. In other words, we're serious about conservative principles and not shy about expressing it.
The Democrat legislators in Columbus complain that it's hard for the minority party to get anything accomplished. Well, we in the Caveman Caucus feel their pain. Like the Democrats, we are also in a minority and are repeatedly frustrated by our inability to advance significant legislation. However, we do occasionally have mini-successes getting something through the House (just to watch it die in the Senate) or getting an amendment attached to a larger bill. (We also suffer line item vetoes.)
The Caveman Caucus opponents are not only the Democrats. Our opponents include pretty much everybody in Columbus. The bureaucrats, lobbyists, and special interest groups have a stake in protecting their fiefdoms and maintaining the status quo. The safe and easy path for a legislator in Columbus is to simply maintain the status quo. We in the Caveman Caucus want to do big things. Taking credit is not important. We have policy objectives and couldn't care less about who takes credit for their achievement.
Of course, we in the caveman caucus are not a monolithic voting bloc. We frequently disagree on strategy and tactics but rarely disagree on the principle involved.
What about Governor Kasich?
When Governor Kasich took office in 2011, I was a member of the Republican State Central Committee. When I took office as a State Representative in 2013, I was so excited about working with such a strongly conservative governor. Unfortunately, the John Kasich I knew and loved during his first two years of office went ideologically AWOL during his final six years. He has been such a profound disappointment and has continued to get worse. It is stunning to watch him on TV claiming to be a "conservative Republican." But that also explains the problems with the GOP: Charlatans like John Kasich are a significant number of elected Republicans. They claim to be conservative "with exceptions." And there is a long list of exceptions. In the case of Governor Kasich, his list of exceptions is an ever growing one.
What about Governor-elect Mike DeWine?
When Mike DeWine was running for Attorney General, he and I had a one-on-one meeting at the Eastgate Starbucks at his request. I didn't pull any punches as I reviewed his voting record as a US Senator. Needless to say, going into that meeting I was no fan of his.
We discussed the issues. I thanked him for being a pro-life stalwart. On some issues he responded, "Well John, I'll never be a US Senator again and I'll never be voting on that issue." On other topics he said, "I was wrong about that and have changed my mind." He won me over and has served admirably as Ohio's Attorney General. I have high hopes for him as Ohio's next governor.
Becker Bills in the Ohio House of Representatives
- Public Sector Right to Work - This bill was assigned to the and has had one hearing.
- Decriminalization Effort for Ending Notorious Deaths (DEFEND). It decriminalizes so-called "gun free zones" for Concealed Handgun License (CHL) holders. This bill passed the House and is awaiting action in the Senate. It is in the and has had no hearings.
- Eliminates the Ohio Marriage Penalty. It is in the It has no opposition and is awaiting an up or down vote in committee.
- Replica Title Bill. It is in the and has had one hearing.
: Private-sector Right-to-Work – No worker should be required to subsidize a union as a condition of employment. Furthermore, this amendment will tell the world that Ohio is "open for business." This is in the and has had no hearings.
: Public-sector Right-to-Work – This legislation is about freedom of association. Like for the private sector, no worker should be required to subsidize a union as a condition of employment. This is in the and has had no hearings.
: Public-sector Prevailing Wage – Repeals the requirement for taxpayers to pay artificially inflated wages, rather than those that are market-based. This is in the and has had no hearings.
: Public-sector Paycheck Protection – This amendment prohibits state and local government employers from withholding union dues or fees from workers' wages. Additionally, unions will be prohibited from spending workers' money on political activities without workers' consent. This is in the and has had no hearings.
: Public-sector Project Labor Agreements – This legislation is the Michigan model approved by the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. State and local government entities will be prohibited from minimizing competition for construction projects by requiring that only union or non-union labor can be considered. A level playing field will be required. This is in the and has had no hearings.
: Public-sector Union Recertification – Requires annual reconsideration and recertification of workers' bargaining units. This amendment will open up competition for new bargaining units, will give workers a chance to have their voices heard, and will make union leadership accountable to their membership. This is in the and has had no hearings.
- Truth in advertising for property tax levies. It is in the and has had one hearing.
- Average Wage Fully Uniform Law (AWFUL) - Sets legislative salaries to Ohio's household median income. It is in the State and Local Government Committee and has had one hearing.
- Decriminalization Effort for Ending Notorious Deaths - Teachers With Options (DEFEND-TWO) - Largely eliminates so-called "gun free zones." They are the most dangerous places in America. The bill is in the Federalism Committee and has had one hearing.
- Double Dippers Inappropriately Privileged (DDIP) - Elected officials as well as state and local government employees will no longer be able to be working in the public sector and retired at the same time. Current retirees and survivor benefits are exempted. The bill is in the Aging and Long-Term Care Committee and has had one hearing.
Convention and Visitors Bureau Accountability. This bill requires open records for any CVB that has an elected official on its board.
Sunday Alcohol, liquor, and Especially Spirits (SALES). Businesses that can currently sell alcohol six days will be allowed all seven.
Allocates $25 million every year evenly across Ohio's 1308 townships. This funding augments the Local Government Fund (LGF). The bill also repeals an unfunded mandate known as the prevailing wage law.
"First Friday" Luncheon at McCormick & Schmick's.
Union Township GOP meeting at 7 PM.
Scioto County GOP in New Boston.
Clermont County Republican Central Committee at HQ.
Scioto County GOP in New Boston.
Brown County GOP Club at JVS.
Becker for State Representative -
Vetted, Tested, and Proven!
"Becker has a legitimate claim as the state's most conservative legislator," according to The [Cleveland] Plain Dealer (September 2017).
"Rep. John Becker, suburban Cincinnati Republican… [holds] the unofficial title as the General Assembly's most conservative lawmaker," proclaimed the Columbus Dispatch (September 2015).
Becker wins prestigious William Wilberforce Leadership Award (April 2015).
"GOP Ohio House freshman Becker is no shrinking violet," headlined the Columbus Dispatch (December 2014).
"Becker...is arguably the most conservative member of the Ohio House," said The Cincinnati Enquirer (January 2014).
Ranked as a top tier "most archconservative" by the Columbus Dispatch (September 2013).
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