Earlier this month, IO Communication’s Director Dale Butland submitted testimony to committees in both the Ohio House and Senate in regards to resolutions calling for a federal balanced budget amendment. Below is the text of that testimony opposing both Senate Joint Resolution 9 and its companion piece of legislation, House Joint Resolution 7. Included at the end of the testimony is a note from Mr. Butland including further thoughts on why lawmakers in Ohio are calling for a federal balanced budget amendment at this point in time. TESTIMONY OF DALE BUTLAND – INNOVATION OHIO My name is Dale Butland and I am communications director for Innovation Ohio, a progressive think tank headquartered in Columbus. I thank the Committee for this opportunity to comment on SJR 5. This resolution, if passed by both houses of the General Assembly, would put Ohio on record in calling for a federal constitutional convention for the purpose of passing a balanced budget amendment (hereafter, “BBA”) to the U.S. Constitution. In the view of Innovation Ohio, a BBA is a terrible idea. A Constitutional Convention is problematical First, and quite apart from the merits of a BBA itself, calling a constitutional convention is rife with danger and uncertainty. Contrary to the soothing assurances of those who back SJR 5, there is no guarantee that such a convention could be confined or directed to concern itself only with adopting a BBA. Indeed, many constitutional scholars warn of the potential for a “runaway convention” in which delegates would be free to modify the Constitution in any way they see fit, including, for example, repealing or amending all or some of the Bill of Rights. [Read more…]
IO President Janetta King will appear tonight (Jan. 18) at 8:30 and Sunday at 11 a.m. on WOSU-TV’s Columbus on the Record. Topics include gun regulation, education, Medicaid expansion and tax reform. Check your local public TV listings for other air times. IO Communications Director Dale Butland will talk opposite Republican strategist Terry Casey on Columbus-based WBNS-10Tv’s Capitol Square on Sunday at 11 a.m. Butland and Casey will discuss gun regulation in one segment and Ohio politics in the show’s Two Sides segment.
Ohio Action to deploy people, resources to support tax fairness in fiscal cliff debateA new progressive organization called “The Ohio Action Coalition” was launched at a Columbus news conference today. Coalition members are a diverse group of organizations and individuals who believe that tax fairness must be the starting point for any deficit reduction deal that is struck between Congress and the President for the purpose of avoiding the so-called “fiscal cliff” looming at the end of this year. The Coalition is comprised of former Obama for America campaign workers, grass roots activists, organized labor, and a host of progressive organizations, including Innovation Ohio, America Votes-Ohio, Protect Your Care and the Small Business Majority. Joanne Pickrell will serve as State Director, and Innovation Ohio’s Dale Butland will be Communications Director. Specifically, the Coalition will urge Ohio’s Congressional delegation to raise revenue by ending the Bush Tax Cuts for the wealthiest 2% of Americans, while extending those cuts to the 98% who earn $250,000 per year or less. To make their case, Coalition members plan to hold public events around the state, write letters to the editor and newspaper opinion columns, and use television, radio, and social media. The goal is both to influence members of Congress and to educate the public on what is at stake. Activities will commence tomorrow with three public events in Columbus, Cincinnati and Cleveland. Other events will follow in every corner of Ohio until an acceptable agreement is reached in Washington. Said State Director Joanne Pickrell: “President Obama has made it clear that he wants a balanced approach to deficit reduction and will not accept any deal that places a disproportionate share of the burden on middle class families and lower income individuals. First and foremost, that means more revenue must be raised from increasing tax rates on millionaires, billionaires, and other wealthy Americans. We fully agree with the President, and will do everything we can to convince our congressional delegation that Ohioans want, need and expect a fair deal.” Added Communications Director Dale Butland: “In the November election, no issue was more defining than taxes. President Obama explicitly campaigned on raising tax rates for the wealthiest 2% of taxpayers —while Mitt Romney clearly opposed the idea. Not only did a majority of voters side with the President by re-electing him, but exit polls on Election Day – as well as every major poll over the past two years – have shown that nearly 60% of Ohioans favor higher tax rates for the wealthy as part of a deficit reduction deal. We expect our congressional representatives to hear and heed the will of the people.”
Check out IO Communications Director Dale Butland talking Ohio public policy and politics from this weekend’s Capitol Square (WBNS 10TV):
Innovation Ohio Communications Director Dale Butland took the progressive side on Capitol Square’s ‘Two Sides’ segment on Sunday. Dale was up against Republican strategist Terry Casey.
Listen to a recording of the show here.
WatchThis weekend, Dale is making two appearances on Columbus-based public affairs programs – tune in!
- The Spectrum, NBC4, Sunday, 10 a.m. – Dale and Terry Casey, GOP strategist will spar on presidential campaign visits to Ohio among other things.
- Capitol Square, 10TV, Sunday, 11 a.m. – Dale and Terry play “Two Sides” in which each of them gets 15 seconds to respond to a topic or question on politics or public policy thrown at them by the show hosts.
Here at IO, we’re about getting at the truth behind what political leaders say and basing our stands on policy on facts. One politician who has been especially careless with the truth this political season is Republican U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel. IO’s Dale Butland appeared on Capitol Square this Sunday morning and summed it up like this:
Sherrod Brown is going to win (the race for U.S. Senate) – not only because Josh Mandel is not competent, but also because he can’t tell the truth. Politifact, the fact checker at the Plain Dealer, has given Josh Mandel six ‘Pants on Fire’ awards. He’s got so many pants on fire awards he is in danger of being mistaken for the Underwear Bomber.Check out the video below of Butland’s appearance on Capitol Square which airs Sundays at 11 a.m. on WBNS-10TV in Columbus, Ohio.