Irony Alert: Kasich to Travel Country Promoting Balanced Budget Amendment

The 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 tour […]

Ohio High Court Rebukes School District Tax Increase

 

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 tax […]

Obamacare Updates: Enrollment, Perverse Incentives, and Governor Kasich

Obamacare’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 is […]

Obamacare Enrollment Not As Reported by Obama Administration

How 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 […]

Give Common Core Repeal A Shot With A Floor Vote

From 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 tight. […]

Proposed Limit to Testing in House Bill is Four Hours Per State Assessment

My previous post on the House bill which curbs standardized testing incorrectly stated that the bill would limit testing on state achievement and graduation tests to four hours per student per year.

The bill actually limits standardized testing to four hours per assessment per year.  The limit would go into effect for the 2015-16 school year.

The confusion stems from news reports which characterized the proposed testing limit as “four hours per student per year,” and […]

Ohio House Set to Take Action on Bill Which Limits Standardized Testing

See updated post.  Proposed testing limit in House Bill is actually four hours per assessment.

Finally there is an aspect of Common Core that we can all agree on – there is far too much standardized testing.

In response to the overwhelming cry from parents, teachers, and administrators, Representatives Anne Gonzales and Andrew Brenner sponsored a bill to reduce the number of hours Ohio students can spend on state achievement testing and graduation testing to four […]

What Does College Credit Plus Mean for Taxpayers

Republicans in the General Assembly inserted in the mid biennium review bill, HB 487, a program which sounds like it could be connected to Common Core. The program, College Credit Plus (CCP), provides free full and part time college credit to public and private secondary school students who meet the admission requirements of a partnering college, usually a local community college.

What’s the connection with Common Core? Well, just look for the buzz words peppered […]

Buckeye Institute Suggests Reforms to Ohio’s Broken Municipal Income Tax System

Municipal income tax reform is on the agenda in the lame-duck session of the Ohio General Assembly.

The Buckeye Institute has published a report which highlights the most aggregious aspects of Ohio’s municipal income tax system and identifies needed reforms.

Buckeye puts the issue into perspective,
“Forty other states manage to fund local government without imposing municipal income taxes, putting Ohioans and their businesses at an immediate economic disadvantage. State policymakers should be looking for ways to […]

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Ohio Student Data Privacy Violations Should Be Included in State Reporting

Rep. Andrew Brenner has introduced a bill to limit the time allotted for standardized testing in Ohio schools.  The bill has been amended to Substitute House Bill 228 to expedite the legislation for the lame duck session.

Since Race to the Top calls on states and school districts to work toward offering state achievement testing online in the future, HB 228 includes a provision requiring the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) to submit a report to the Governor […]

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