Posted January 26, 2013
Kasich's Previously-Signaled Budget Plans Will Consume Legislators For Months; Tax, Turnpike, Education And Medicaid Overhauls Set
Surprises aside, the biennial budget proposals already announced by Gov. John Kasich will be enough to keep lawmakers plenty busy starting early next month, when his...
Posted January 15, 2013
Kasich Set to Unveil School Funding Plan by Month’s End, ‘Empowers Districts’
Gov. John Kasich told reporters after a ceremonial signing of 129-HB555 (Stebelton-Butler) that he’ll be introducing his new school funding plan by the end of the month -- in advance of the unveiling of his FY14-15 budget...
Posted January 12, 2013
Ron Amstutz sworn in as state representative of the First House District
State Rep. Ron Amstutz (R-Wooster) was recently sworn in as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives for the 130th General Assembly. He represents the First Ohio House District, which consists of Wayne County.
Posted September 09, 2012
It is Wayne County Fair Time. During these days, Ron is conducting an issues survey on a range of current matters that relate to Ohio state legislation. This survey is available on this online office. Take the survey at this link!
Posted September 09, 2012
Although elections are currently under way in state and federal legislative districts, newly drawn from 2010 census data, this election may be short-lived.
If voters approve State Issue 2 in this election, Ohio's constitutional rules for drawing these districts would dramatically change, and...
Posted January 12, 2012
1. Restored structural balance to our state's budget (HB 153)
The state operating budget is usually the most far reaching policy action each session of the general assembly. The two-year budget enacted in June is unusually comprehensive, despite other major bills also enacted.
Since my primary...
Posted December 28, 2011
Read the article in the Akron Beacon Journal: here.
Posted November 04, 2011
Reworking Public Employee Labor Laws
A Quick Look At State Issue Two
By State Rep. Ron Amstutz
We have been hearing emotional arguments against Issue Two that seek to manipulate our opinion based on the fact that we value and appreciate our teachers and our police and fire officers. Those arguments...
Posted October 10, 2011
Voters have begun casting absentee ballots on State Issue Two, which proposes to rework collective bargaining rules for public employees.
Why is there such vehement opposition by some who are aligned with public employee unions to this legislation?
There are three main reasons for the emotional...
Posted October 02, 2011
New state legislative districts have been acted on by the Ohio Apportionment Board, in response to the 2010 census and the prescription of our Ohio Constitution. As a result, Wayne County will become Ohio House District 1 for the 2012 election, with representation beginning in January of 2013....
Posted September 13, 2011
Posted September 12, 2011
Use this link to read the report online
Posted March 28, 2011
One of the most emotionally charged bills being considered ths year in our state legislature is SB 5, which would make major changes to laws on how elected and appointed public service leaders work with their employees.
Although this is being posted on Monday, perhaps a day before the House makes...
Posted March 18, 2011
Senate Bill 5 -- which changes government collective bargaining laws -- is becoming a controversy between state and local government employees and frustrated voters.
I learned two big things back in the 70's that continue today:
Good people, committed to work together, can usually find ways to...
Posted March 17, 2011
HB 63 would change the court hearing process for girls seeking to bypass parental consent before they have an abortion, by going to court, as currently provided inorder to bypass parental consent requirements in
The Ohio House of Representatives debated HB 63 on Tuesday, March 15. It passed by a...
Posted February 16, 2011
I am offering the following statement as the vote on HB 3 comes up tonight:
"Given my view that Ohio's estate tax is about as close to outright theft as a tax can get, I need to explain my vote today.
I cannot, in good conscience, recommend passage of this bill until we have developed a fiscally...
Posted January 17, 2011
The first round of bills -- some of them major -- has been introduced in the Ohio House as the new session gets under way. A brief description of the topic of each bill is provided here, with links to the actual bills, for your review. At the time of this posting the Ohio Senate has not yet begun...
Posted January 11, 2011
Representative Amstutz was appointed to chairman of the House Finance and Appropriations Committee in Tuesday's voting session of the Ohio House of Representatives. The committee is the largest in the Ohio House, with 32 of the 99 members serving on it.
Additional committees on which Rep. Amstutz...
Posted January 04, 2011
Much has been reported about Ohio's $8 Billion budget gap that has developed over the past several years. The good news is that this knowledge is well known compared to many states where there has been little reported on their problem. The other good news is that Ohio's problem is not as desparate...
Posted January 03, 2011
Today at 2 PM the Ohio House of Representatives will meet for the opening session of the 129th General Assembly. Each member will be administered the oath of office by Chief Justice-elect Maureen O'Connor. Speaker-elect Bill Batchelder, R-Medina, will be elected officially, and a series of initial...
Posted December 11, 2010
Ron recently shared thoughts on Ohio's tax reforms enacted in 2005 to incoming chiefs of staff of newly elected governors from various states around the US. Here are some of his thoughts in response to questions posed:
1. What problem were you trying to address with tax reform?
Posted December 08, 2010
Today, may turn out to be the final day of active voting session before session closes for the two years.
Here is the calendar of bills for consideration today:
CONSIDERATION OF SENATE AMENDMENTS
Am. H. J. R. No. 2 — Representatives Sayre, Ruhl
Cosponsors: Representatives Adams, J., Adams, R.,...
Posted November 12, 2010
Amstutz To Chair House Finance Panel; Carey Named Vice Chair
New House Finance Chairman Plans 'Methodical' Budget Review Process, Night Subcommittees
Speaker-elect Bill Batchelder has tapped a familiar face to lead the new majority's efforts on the budget and other state financial matters in the...
Posted September 11, 2010
Are you in agreement with or disagreement with a range of 12 approaches to bringing Ohio's spending in line with its revenue? Those are the questions for this Fall survey of Wayne County citizens. I'm looking forward to your responses. These questions will confront you with a range of budgetary...
Posted September 10, 2010
Tomorrow marks the beginning of "Fair Week" in Wayne County. I plan to spend quite a bit of time at the fair, especially over the weekend and on Monday. As part of my discussions with you citizens, I will be handing out a Report and Budget Survey. My suggestion is that you fill it out online,...