July 30, 2014

News Release: Kasich Budget Cuts = $1 Billion in School Levies

For Immediate Release: January 29, 2013
Contact: Dale Butland, 614-783-5833

Kasich Budget Cuts = $1.1 Billion in School Levies
IO Blows Whistle on “Kasich Shell Game”

Columbus – Innovation Ohio, a progressive think tank headquartered in Columbus, released an analysis today proving what Kasich Administration critics have long suspected: the Governor has merely shifted the responsibility for adequately funding Ohio schools from the state to the local level.

Specifically, IO’s analysis finds that since May, 2011, a record-breaking $1.1 billion in local property and income tax levies earmarked for schools has appeared on local ballots. Voters approved just 40% – or $487 million – leaving numerous school districts across the state scrambling to maintain needed academic programs and staffing levels.

IO stressed that the $1.1 billion figure includes only new operating money, not renewal or replacement levies or money for capital projects.

Said Innovation Ohio President Janetta King:

“In his first budget, released in March, 2011, Governor Kasich cut K-12 funding by $1.8 billion, compared to the previous biennial budget.

“At the time, Innovation Ohio, along with the state’s education community and many newspaper editorial pages, repeatedly warned that the Kasich cuts were simply shifting responsibility for school funding from the state to the local level.

“Since 2011, Kasich and his allies in the General Assembly have vehemently denied any such shift. And because of the inherent difficulty in tallying up all the levies in Ohio’s 600+ school districts – and separating out new operating levies from renewal, replacement and capital levies – it was hard to prove conclusively who was right and who was wrong.

Until now. As of today, what the Kasich Cuts have meant to school districts and local taxpayers is irrefutable. As of today, the Governor and his allies can no longer claim they aren’t responsible for passing the buck and dodging their constitutional responsibility. As of today, all Ohioans know the true cost of the Kasich Shell Game.”

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Comments

  1. David Hatfield says:

    We know a tree by its’ fruit. If there is no good fruit then the tree is cut down and replaced by a tree that provides good fruit. Remember these deeds in 2014, I know I will…

    • Replacing a tree for it’s fruit requires it to grow and mature, Then maybe it can bear fruit . The fruit then must ripen before it is useful. Wake up and grow up then maybe you will ripen and bear fruit..

  2. I’m just sorry we have to wait til 2014 to get rid of this jerk.
    Whatever happened to that million dollars of our tax money he handed over to his buddies to “find” jobs for Ohio??

  3. David Hatfield says:

    You don’t know me…

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