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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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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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 Enrollment Not As Reported by Obama Administration

thHow much more obfuscation and misinformation about Obamacare will Americans be subjected to? Bloomberg reports that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee discovered that the Obama administration has been misreporting the number of people enrolled in Obamacare by approximately 380,000. The administration was double accounting for consumers who were enrolled in both a medical and dental plan through the federal and state health care marketplaces in order to get the enrollment numbers above 7 […]

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Give Common Core Repeal A Shot With A Floor Vote

thFrom the start, the Common Core repeal bill HB 597 was put behind the eight ball. Shortly after it passed out of committee, Rep. Matt Huffman, speaker pro tempore and one of the bill’s sponsors, told the Cincinnati Enquirer, “If we don’t think we have the votes to pass it, we won’t bring it to the floor.” At that point, the bar had been set and the message to all fence-sitting House Republicans was:  Sit […]

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Common Core Repeal Update: Calls Needed

No_Common_CoreHeidi Huber of Ohioans Against Common Core has worked tirelessly fighting for Common Core repeal in Ohio. She was on Columbus radio, 610 WTVN, giving an update on the status of the repeal bill, HB 597. Listen to the podcast HERE. Huber covered the following points: 50 votes are needed to pass HB 597.  The sponsors are currently 10 votes shy. It is hoped that Democrats will come on board as this is not a […]

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