#22 Mar 20, 2013
I would like to see a story in the Gazette on where Sn Jordan and Rep Brenner stand on the Jobs Ohio audit.
#23 Mar 20, 2013
I agree. They seem to get columns whenever they want to speak. THe Gazette should act like a news outlet and get statements from them.
#24 Mar 21, 2013
We would like to see a story in the Gazette on where Sn Jordan and Rep Brenner stand on the Jobs Ohio audit. Especially since US Sn Portman changed his position.
#25 Mar 23, 2013
How about a story where Representative Brenner and Senator Jordan stand on funding education for our children?
This is from the Columbus Dispatch:
The state of Ohio has financially squeezed public education beyond its breaking point, and cracks are starting to show in the state's most fragile areas — Appalachian and rural school districts. The proposed budget, as it stands now, constricts support for public education where it's needed most and will do so into the future.School districts that don't make the financial cut are getting left behind, along with their students and their potential. This doesn't just hurt those schools; it hurts teachers, children, families and communities across Ohio. Public education promises every child, from Cleveland's suburbs to Appalachia's foothills, an equal education and opportunity to succeed.When we withdraw support for public education from our poorest districts, we're closing doors for the children who live there. Under the proposed state budget 60 percent to 80 percent of school districts in Appalachian Ohio will receive no additional funding.Elsewhere in the state, some wealthy school districts could see up to a 300 percent increase in funding, while, for example, Appalachian Athens County will see none.I have had the honor or working with some of the most devoted and talented teachers in the state. Rural and Appalachian teachers in public education have to be, with resources shrinking and state demands growing. They're doing more with less every day. Rather than recognizing their extraordinary efforts, the proposed state budget, as it stands now, further obstructs these teachers' abilities to do their best work.Public-school teachers in Appalachia already are struggling to instruct students and meet increasing state demands on the ever-dwindling budgets they have. We need to relieve the pressure put on Ohio's neediest school districts.We need to come together as a state for public education. We can't wait until it is convenient. When the recession threatened Ohio, Appalachian public schools and their teachers tightened their belts along with the rest of the state. But now that lean times are passing, the squeeze on education has remained.On March 12, I joined members of Ohio University's Patton College of Education, the Coalition for Rural and Appalachian Schools, 75 Ohio superintendents, 25 treasurers and many others to defend the needs of Appalachian and rural students, teachers and schools to the state's Education Finance Subcommittee.This was not a one-time show of enthusiasm for this important issue. This was just the beginning of a mission to ensure that every child educated in Ohio obtains the same quality of education, regardless of their region or their locality's finances. Public education is a universal path to bettering oneself and one's community.An equitable public-education system is central to who we are as Americans. The Coalition for Rural and Appalachian Schools, the Patton College of Education and I believe that passionately. We will continue to advocate for Ohio's forgotten counties, just as we did on March 12. We will continue to speak out for a truly public and equal education for all, because it's the right thing to do and because Ohio's children deserve better than to be forgotten.
DeanDean, School of Education
#26 Apr 8, 2013
Three Kasich ideas failing to gain support
Three key pieces of Gov. John Kasich’s budget proposal appear to lack the necessary support to make it through the Ohio Legislature.
The proposed broadening of the sales tax base, the expansion of Medicare and a new school funding plan all appear to be in jeopardy, the three state legislators representing Delaware County said Friday during a County Commissioners Association of Ohio legislative briefing.
“We don’t understand where the governor is coming from on some of his ideas,” said Rep. Margaret Ann Ruhl (R-Mount Vernon).“He’s not explained it to us.”
The sales tax proposal would lower the state rate by 0.5 percent and county sales tax rates by varying amounts, while expanding the base by taxing dozens of previously exempted services. Delaware County would see its rate fall from 1.25 percent to 0.80 percent.
“It’s not going to be in the budget. Where it goes from here, I’m not real sure,” Ruhl said.“At first it sounded like a good idea, and then as I dug into it more and more, it isn’t feasible.”
Kasich had planned to use the additional revenue to offset the cost of lowered income tax rates. While the sales tax idea may be dead in the water, Rep. Andrew Brenner (R-Powell) said there is still interest in lowering the income tax rate.
Brenner also said Kasich’s school funding proposal is likely to be tweaked. He wants to see funding follow students so that districts with declining enrollment receive less funding while districts with increasing enrollment see more money from the state.
There is also support for changing the way in which the base funding formula is calculated. That could result in a decrease in the number of districts with guaranteed funding, Brenner said.
The loss of guaranteed funding could ruffle the feathers of school officials in districts across the state and Delaware County. Buckeye Valley and Big Walnut both rely on guaranteed funding.
Kasich also proposed expanding Medicaid as part of the Affordable Health Care act, more commonly known as Obamacare. Brenner, Ruhl and Sen. Kris Jordan (R-Ostrander) said that proposal is dead in the water, at least among GOP legislators.
“I will not support Medicaid expansion under any terms,” Jordan said, adding he does not believe Democrats will be able to peel away enough Republican votes to get that measure through both chambers of the legislature.
Delaware County Commissioner Dennis Stapleton was pleased with much of what he heard, especially about the demise of the sales tax proposal.
“I certainly wasn’t for the reduction of our sales tax,” he said.“I really thought that had some holes in it.”
Stapleton is also concerned about the cost of Medicaid expansion for the county, which could require additional caseworkers.
“I think that would be some additional costs and we don’t know that those costs would be offset by federal dollars,” he said.
While he can’t support some of the key pillars of the governor’s budget, Jordan said he admires the bold approach taken.
“I’ll give the governor credit,” he said.“He didn’t just sit around and wait for things to happen. While I disagree with some of the major proposals I appreciate his efforts to do what he thinks Oho need to move in a better direction.”
#27 Apr 8, 2013
Thanks SaraMarie. It's good to see your hubby preaching fiscal responsibility when he allowed the company he ran to rob the federal government (and all of us honest tax payers). Classy Baby!
#28 Apr 10, 2013
Jordan hopes to repeal alternative energy rule
A 2008 law requiring electric distribution utilities and electric services companies to provide more energy to consumers though advanced and renewable energy sources could be repealed if Sen. Kris Jordan (R-Ostrander) has his way.
Jordan has introduced legislation to repeal the law forcing electric companies to provide one-quarter of their retail power supplies from alternative sources by 2025.
“I’m not opposed to solar and wind,” he said.“I just don’t think government needs to mandate and subsidize their existence. If they can compete based on price, then I think consumers will pick it.”
The bill was passed during a time of rising energy costs and consumption, and the assumption at the time was prices and usage would continue to rise. That assumption, however, has proven to be wrong, making the mandates unnecessary, Jordan said.
The legislation passed with just one dissenting vote.
“There were a lot of things that people didn’t know a couple of years ago,” Jordan said, adding the price of renewable energy has not proven to be as cheap as originally though and the shale boom in eastern Ohio has changed the energy landscape in the state.
Jordan believes those factors have led many in the legislature to feel as through the requirements are now burdensome and unnecessary. He said his ideas will be passed through the legislature, either through his own legislation or a similar bill.
“I believe that my ideas will be become law,” he said.
Brian Kaiser, director of Green Jobs and Innovation at the Ohio Environmental Council, is not so sure.
“I don’t think Sen. Jordan’s bill has merit,” he said.“I don’t think that’s the kind of solution-oriented, fact-based policy that Ohioans expect.”
Were the alternative energy requirements to be repealed, Kaiser predicts the Ohio economy would suffer.
“I’m concerned that lawmakers in Ohio would consider and even put on the drawing board the possibility of messing with something that is working so well,” he said.“Just the idea of opening this thing up has a profound chilling effect on business in the state.”
Eric Zimmer, CEO of Tipping Point Renewable Energy, said the requirements allow the alternative energy industry to flourish, leading to innovation that continually drives down the cost of wind and solar energy.
“It gives those new technologies time to incubate and compete with existing technology,” he said.
Zimmer sees a future in which clean energy technologies compete on an even playing field with fossil fuel-based technology, and he is afraid Ohio will not be at the forefront of that energy revolution if the requirements are repealed.
“I think it’s a big step backwards for Ohio,” he said.“It takes us out of a potential leadership position.”
The legislation has been assigned to the Senate’s Public Utilities Committee.
#29 Apr 10, 2013
We, the voters, still deserve answers as to where our Representaives (Jordan, Brenner and Ruhl) stand on education funding.
#30 Apr 10, 2013
It would be nice to know why Sara Marie and Andy Brenner are thieves. They stole money from the public, and they have never repaid it.
It would be nice to know why Kris Jordan threatens and intimidates his wife.
They are terrible people.
#31 Apr 11, 2013
The recent stories fawning over Brenner and Jordan are simply puff pieces for the jackwads from Delaware County in public offices.
Jordan wants to regress back to the 1800's and eliminate alternative and renewable energy requirements in Ohio law. The dickhead-reporter at the Delaware Gazette failed to mention that this same law requires this renewable energy to be produced in Ohio with Ohio workers. So Jordan wants to KILL OHIO JOBS.
The story about the Ohio budget and Brenner's comments should be qualified with a statement that Brenner as the VP of Prestige Music Company in Powellalong with his wife refused to pay nearly two years of federal taxes that they withheld from employees of the F-rated Prestige Music. The IRS calls that stealing from the employees. The Brenners failed to pay nearly $70,000 in withholding taxes during Brenners reelection campaign.
Don't forget Antonoplos who still has federal tax liens for more than $300,000 from 2004. Our state Auditor Yost snagged an Ohio tax lien when he was Delaware County's auditor.
Yeah, the Gazette is a suckwad rag with cretins for reporters whose only function inllife is to politically-hanjob Delaware Republicans. The tradition continues.
#32 Apr 11, 2013
I have not been impressed with our local response to education. We continue to devalue teachers. We continue to devalue an educated populace. In effect, we continue to devalue our society as a whole. Public education is important to ensure that all people are able to receive a baseline education.
There are problems with the system, and there are people who under perform or do not perform. The solution proposed by people like Representative Andrew Brenner is to dissolve the entire institution. That does not solve any problems; it only creates more problems. Let correct our course, not obliterate it.
#33 Oct 8, 2013
Look, The Delaware Gazette DOES suck but realize that they walk a thin line between reporting and being owned by advertisers. The paper will not report any news story that will directly affect the advertising revenue stream. This is not a traditional newspaper but a rag driven by the need to stay alive.
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