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New you may have missed | October 31, 2014

New study grades nation’s Governors on fiscal policy – From Heartland.org. Quantifiable ranking of the nation’s Governors based on a Cato Institute’s “Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governor’s”.  From the article, “Ohio Governor Kasich occupies a lonely position at the bottom of the potential GOP presidential candidate pack with a “D.” Receiving marks more commonly found among the nation’s Democratic governors, the 2016 hopeful’s score was dragged down due to his championing of a 13.6 percent increase in the state’s spending, and a 3 percent increase in public-sector employment. Other fiscally irresponsible Kasich initiatives noted by the report include his efforts to hike several kinds of taxes on businesses and consumers.”

Union bosses investing in Ohio Senate Republicans – From Jason Hart at Ohio Watchdog. Labor groups supporting big government and mandatory union dues gave $178,867 to eight Republican incumbents in the Ohio Senate during the most recent campaign finance period.

Amid protest, Sheriff ends participation in “No Refusal” blood-draw checkpoints – From Ben Swann.com. A win for the fourth amendment… After local activists protested against last Friday’s “no refusal” DUI checkpoints in Clark County, OH, Sheriff Gene Kelly announced that his office would no longer be participating in them in the future.

Video of voting error at Moline Public Library – From YouTube. – a video of possible voter fraud happening before your eyes.

Time for Congress to Investigate Bill Gates’ Coup – From Huffington Post. – The story about Bill Gates’ swift and silent takeover of American education is startling. His role and the role of the U.S. Department of Education in drafting and imposing the Common Core standards on almost every state should be investigated by Congress.

2015 State Business Tax Climate Index- From Tax Foundation. While there are many ways to show how much is collected in taxes by state governments, the Index is designed to show how well states structure their tax systems, and provides a road-map to improving these structures.  Ohio is near the bottom of this list having one of the worst tax structure in the nation, ranked 44th.

Kasich: Fracking tax is a “complete rip-off” for Ohioans- From Columbus Dispatch.  Governor Kasich wants to raise taxes on the newly created and thriving oil industry in Eastern Ohio.  “Thwarted twice already by his fellow Republicans in the legislature — many of whom receive substantial campaign contributions from oil and gas interests — Kasich called the current 20-cents-a-barrel severance tax “a total and complete rip-off to the people of this state. It’s outrageous.”

Is Ohio school district using public money to campaign? – From Maggie Thurber, Ohio Watchdog.  Evidence of schools using public money to win a school levy campaign.

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