Blog Archive

Posted April 07, 2010
Today's Daily Record offers insight into how community hospitals are being taxed in the state budget that was enacted over my objections last July.  Don't be confused by the implication that the tax is still under consideration. It was passed and went into effect last year. Orrville council...
Posted March 30, 2010
Here is a dialog with Ron about our local economy that is based on his participation on a panel discussion at Wayne College on our local economy: Our Local Economy
Posted March 25, 2010
Federal takeoverof our country's health care systems continues to be a huge issue. How does health care policymaking in Ohio interact with what continues to flow out of Washington, D.C.?   Several efforts are under way to have Ohio stand up to some of the most objectionable aspects of enactment of...
Posted March 16, 2010
Today, Rep. Amstutz gave the following speech during debate before the Ohio House of Representatives on the question of appropriating $3.2 Billion in capital improvement projects, the majority of which will have to be paid for from future state tax revenues:   The amendment before us takes the $3.2...
Posted March 13, 2010
Two hot topics likely to see votes this coming week in the Ohio House involve proposals to reauthorize spending on previously approved capital improvement projects and prohibit texting while driving.
Posted March 07, 2010
Today's Columbus Dispatch ran "The Mighty Thorium, the nearly perfect fuel no one has heard of" The Dispatch also ran a more basic explanation "Thorium's promise:Some experts say this element could solve our energy problems. I first wrote about this idea in this post last December when I discovered...
Posted February 18, 2010
You can give your views to Ron on a number of current issues facing the Ohio General Assembly by taking Ron's Winter Issues Survey online using this link: Click Here to take survey
Posted January 27, 2010
Supt. John Ritchie is presenting in our Statehouse the story of savings being achieved by sharing top administrative positions between Orrville City Schools and Rittman Exempted Village Schools. The presentation comes at the invitation of the Ohio Society of CPAs, with attendance by state...
Posted January 26, 2010
Some notes and observations on Governor Stickland's State of the State message are the topic of these notes. He is speaking to a joint session of our state legislature. In general, this is a speech that has the right goals being presented, but it has not been one with specifics to back it up. "In...
Posted January 18, 2010
Today I am interacting with the agri-business community in our area.  As part of this interaction, I have prepared an issues survey that will be provided in paper form. The same survey can be completed online: Click Here to take survey Questions on this survey related to current issues under...
Posted January 12, 2010
Last August I posted some thoughts and information on the whole issue of using cell phones in various ways while driving. A variety of bills have been introduced on this topic. Today at 11:30 AM in the Senate South Hearing Room the Senate Highways and Transportation will have a second hearing on SB...
Posted January 11, 2010
With contentious budget repair legislation adopted before Christmas, the Ohio General Assembly is moving on to other matters for the new year. It looks like three issues are under serious consideration for placement on the May ballot as the February 4 deadline for submitting them to the Secretary...
Posted January 10, 2010
A variety of recent Ohio election law changes that have been controversial are up for possible changes.  Two hearings are scheduled this week for SB 8, which passed the Ohio Senate on December 9, 2009. This bill has support from the boards of elections around Ohio. It is to be heard first on...
Posted December 24, 2009
Today is Christmas Eve. I am pausing today to post a few transitional thoughts, since this time of December is so filled with focus on change. Plus, I am seeing a great number of messages between family and friends. Have you considered this year's ending transitions? Allow me to tick off a few: A...
Posted December 20, 2009
Why make electricity from thorium? It's the other clean energy, it would seem! Stand bye for a few surprises! I started this online journal with a post about a field hearing of our Ohio House Alternative Energy Committee at the Cleveland-based Aerospace Institute.  Today I'm circling back to it. So...
Posted December 20, 2009
Why make electricity from thorium? It's the other clean energy, it would seem! Stand bye for a few surprises! I started this online journal with a post about a field hearing of our Ohio House Alternative Energy Committee at the Cleveland-based Aerospace Institute.  Today I'm circling back to it. So...
Posted December 18, 2009
I regret to report that the solution to Ohio's projected budget shortfall sent to Governor Strickland last night at near 11 PM raises Ohio's income tax rates 4.2 percent going backward to January 1 of this year and will continue at least through the end of next year. I'm posting a series of...
Posted December 17, 2009
Work on resolving the projection that Ohio budget is out of balance spilled beyond midnight yesterday and is now appears to be on track for resolution sometime later today. As I post this, the Senate is preparing to take a solution through committee and to a full vote that looks very much like the...
Posted December 16, 2009
Today's voting sessions in the Ohio House and Ohio Senate are scheduled to begin at 1:30 PM. It appears that this may be a somewhat more productive day than those we've seen so often in 2009. This was supposed to be the last voting session until session reactivates the second week of January.  Now...
Posted December 12, 2009
I'm currently deeply engaged in a "Due Dilligence" project over the question of re-athorizing ohio's Third Frontier program. I've been holding a bunch of meetings, reviewing a lot of information and participating in hearings on HJR 12 in the House Economic Development Committee. As part of my work...
Posted December 01, 2009
Today's Ohio House floor voting session had some rather weird bills, in some ways. If you want to watch the video of the debate you can get there from this link. Here is the list as it unfolds: Cock fighting moved from misdeamenor to felony: We're puting animals above humans in this bill.  We...
Posted November 25, 2009
This is likely to be a progressive posting, so stick with me, OK? I way lost track of how often I'm hearing, "In these challenging tines. . ." And, I would very much desire that our Thanksgiving not be mostly about an assessment of our financial and material assets, though I know that is our...
Posted November 24, 2009
Closing the projected state budget gap (HB 318) will be the top bill in play on Tuesday, December 1. This is the bill that has been the subject of a great deal of controversy. It passed the Ohio House containing a retroactive return to a 4.2% higher state income tax rates than were in placed since...
Posted November 19, 2009
Yesterday, by a thin 52-46 vote, the Ohio House send to the Ohio Senate a very troubling bill that would put Ohio elections at much greater risk of voter fraud. I voted "No" because I believe HB 260 would be bad news for Ohio. Somewhat better news involves the prospects of this bill in the Ohio...
Posted November 17, 2009
A major vote on many change to Ohio election laws appears likely for tomorrow (Wednesday). I've posted additional information as I provide interested citizens tools to assist in our evaluation of this major bill. I've identified a number of concerns that will be among my areas of focus as I...