Portman Co-Sponsors Bill to Prohibit Federal Education Mandates

imgresA few high profile Republican U.S. Senators introduced S. 182, Learning Opportunities Created at the Local (LOCAL) Level Act, on January 16th, which would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (EASA) to prohibit federal education mandates. The bill has been referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Sponsored by Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) and co-sponsored by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), James Inhofe (R-OK) and Ohio’s Rob Portman, S. 182 […]

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Kasich Administration Reduces Medicaid Services for Developmentally Disabled

imagesWhile Governor Kasich talks of renewing Medicaid expansion for abled bodied adults, his Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) is quietly reducing Medicaid services for Ohio’s developmentally disabled population. The DODD released its Final Report of the Strategic Planning Leadership Group in late December which calls for a 50 percent reduction in beds for Intermediate Care Facility homes that provide skilled nursing and personal care as well as community access to school, day services, and recreation […]

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Republican Lawmakers Appear Leery of Renewing Obamacare Medicaid Expansion

imagesThe time is fast approaching when Governor Kasich will release his proposed budget for the 2016-2017 biennium. When he does, he is expected to include a two year renewal of Obamacare Medicaid expansion – the expansion you will remember which Kasich forced through the Controlling Board against the wishes of the state legislature. Kasich has been beating the drum for the renewal of expansion for some months talking again about his faith driving him to […]

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Dec. 17 Member Meeting – 7PM Commissioners Mtng Room

This is the most important meeting of the year. It is time to elect two members of the Board of Directors.  

George Kelbly and Janice Anderson were elected to replace long-time founders Frank Ecker and Jim Eilert.

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Please bring your 2015 dues and our Treasurer will give you a receipt. Also, bring any friends or neighbors who are interested – they can fill out an application and participate in our activities.

This event will be held on Wednesday, December 172014 beginning at 7 PM at the Wayne County Commissioners Meeting Room. Wayne County Administration Building, 428 West Liberty Street, Wooster, Ohio 44691 map

Please enter using the Auditor’s Office entrance (set of doors to the left as viewed from Liberty Street) that faces Liberty Street, walk straight ahead to the stairs (or elevator) and go to the second floor – Commissioner’s Meeting Room.

 

Irony Alert: Kasich to Travel Country Promoting Balanced Budget Amendment

thThe Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Governor Kasich plans to travel the country in 2016, not to get a jump on a presidential campaign, but to push for a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  Ohio is one of 24 states which has called for a constitutional convention. Ten more states are needed to convene the convention and 38 states are needed to ratify an amendment. The stops Kasich plans to make on his […]

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CATO Institute’s John Allison Discusses Liberty

imagesJohn Allison, President and CEO of the CATO Institute, spoke at the Federalist Society’s 14th Annual Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture. Mr. Allison discussed CATO’s mission, the fundamental role of government, and what he sees as the philosophical fight for western civilization currently underway between libertarians and statists.  Allison also spoke in depth on the progressive movement and its desire to attain what it believes to be the moral high ground. Allison pacts much in […]

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Ohio High Court Rebukes School District Tax Increase

1851  Taxpayers cheated by Indian Hill School District’s “Inside Millage Move” by raising taxes without public vote. Cincinnati – Indian Hill School District’s property tax increase without voter permission violated state law, according to unanimous ruling late yesterday from the Supreme Court of Ohio.  This decision rebuffs Ohio school districts’ efforts to take advantage of a legal loophole created in 1998, which appeared to allow such tax increases in limited circumstances, though not to collect […]

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Ohio High Court Rebukes School District Tax Increase

1851  Taxpayers cheated by Indian Hill School District’s “Inside Millage Move” by raising taxes without public vote. Cincinnati – Indian Hill School District’s property tax increase without voter permission violated state law, according to unanimous ruling late yesterday from the Supreme Court of Ohio.  This decision rebuffs Ohio school districts’ efforts to take advantage of a legal loophole created in 1998, which appeared to allow such tax increases in limited circumstances, though not to collect […]

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Obamacare Updates: Enrollment, Perverse Incentives, and Governor Kasich

thObamacare’s second annual open enrollment period has been underway for approximately two weeks, but even before it began, the Obama administration downplayed expectations by lowering its projected 2015 enrollment figure by 30%. The Congressional Budget Office orginally predicted there would be 13 million Obamacare customers in 2015, but that figure has now been lowered to between 9 and 9.9 million when taking into consideration returning customers and new enrollees. Fox News indicates that the administration […]

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Obamacare Updates: Enrollment, Perverse Incentives, and Governor Kasich

thObamacare’s second annual open enrollment period has been underway for approximately two weeks, but even before it began, the Obama administration downplayed expectations by lowering its projected 2015 enrollment figure by 30%. The Congressional Budget Office orginally predicted there would be 13 million Obamacare customers in 2015, but that figure has now been lowered to between 9 and 9.9 million when taking into consideration returning customers and new enrollees. Fox News indicates that the administration […]

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