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Governor rips nursing-home lobby, says tax cut possible in '12 | The Columbus Dispatch

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#21 May 10, 2011
Ohio Born wrote:
Question: If the state republicaNOs cut the amount the state funds to counties, cities, villages and school districts and do nothing to stop any local tax "Levies" (read Tax increase) is that a republicaNO tax increase?
IMHO it is a tax increase. My wife and I are retired and receive Social Security and a small military pension. Under the Kasuck plan our property tax debt will increase by $500-750 a year by 2012! I cannot afford it and most seniors cannot. If the state feels these cuts to local governments are necessary--then freeze local taxes until the state income gets well.
Maybe he actually wants seniors to leave the state, so he doesn't have to budget for their nursing care? You're not seeing the "big picture"... ;-)
ronster

Westerville, OH

#22 May 10, 2011
Oh Gov-boy; how about the special interest money your campaign received from the Koch (coke) brothers to finance your campaign in 2010? Does anyone have any idea about their influence regarding atxes? I suspect that when the tax cut proposal from Gov-boy comes out next year, it will feature way more in cuts for the wealthy than for the working class. it is a Repub tactic that has always worked for them; promise tax cuts to win the support of those who have little, or no reason to vote for the Repubs, and then turn their backs on those same dupes.
Remember that if you make less than $250k per year, you have nothing in common with the Repubs.
brat

Bellefontaine, OH

#23 May 10, 2011
my guess is they're not lining his pockets so, attack them.

tax cuts? well, maybe, if you make over a couple million a year and promise say 10% to the speaker.

2012? maybe someone else will be governor. recall election sounds like a great idea when 70% of the population thinks you're doing a lousy job.
retired

Eastlake, OH

#24 May 10, 2011
What somebody else wants is a special interest, and their lobbyists are sinister. What you want is a moral right, and your lobbyists shine with the light of goodness. Like it or not, our political system is built on the expertise and special pleading of lobbyists, and our elected officials rely on their money and other help. Advertisements that stretch the truth? Such a new idea.
Dunmore56

Cincinnati, OH

#25 May 10, 2011
The nursing home business helps keep a portion of the population alive. I assume the Republicans forgot that part.

Prior to the Nov election, a group published some Medicare stats that showed 3% of the 1.8 million participants used 70% or so of the $18 billion of funding, most of which went people, organizations providing the care., oh and not just nursing homes, even Hospitals!

Home care, which is the new kid on the block is favored due to its lower costs, but these 3% are SICK, many requiring 24/7 care which cannot be provided at home, many are removed from Hospitals and wind up in nursing homes.

I thought only Democrats were trying to kill people by cutting off funding
Sick of K-sick already

Grove City, OH

#26 May 10, 2011
Wow, Angry Johnny complaining about the nursing home operators coming after him and trying to "buy influence" in the legislature. I see he doesn't complain as much when David Brennan (of White Hat Management, one of the largest charter school operators in Ohio) and Brennan's immediate family members gave $431,000 to 'publican politicians. And what did we see in the state budget? Why, big increases in state funds going to charter schools. And Kasich is complaining about "pay to play"? That's rich!
justpostin

Cleveland, OH

#27 May 10, 2011
So let me get this straight, nursing homes aren't supposed to use funds they collect to protect their patients, but Kasich and all the other R's can use the money they collect from White Hat (a mostly failing for-profit Charter school management company) to dismantle public education, expand for-profit charters and do away with most oversight. A move that has even proponents of charter schools saying Ohio will be a laughing stock. As for home care, that's great IF there are enough workers to go from home to home for more than 15 minutes a few times per week to assist with the daily routines of people who are in need of care.
Strongsville Mom

Canton, OH

#28 May 10, 2011
"no group should use political influence to run public policy in the state of Ohio"
Nothing he has said before demonstrates his lack of experience in governing like that remark
PortiaABoulger

Chillicothe, OH

#29 May 10, 2011
"The amount of money we spend per capita (on nursing homes) is through the roof, and they have used their political influence to run public policy," Kasich said. "No group should use political influence to run public policy in the state of Ohio."
-So, does this mean Kasich has pondered over his contribution sources and decided not to take money from the likes of Koch Brothers, et. al.?
Kasich said he didn't see the association's commercial while at home over the weekend and that the ad wasn't targeted at him.
"It's directed at the legislature so the nursing-home lobby can derail reform one more time," Kasich said, later adding: "We're not going to cave in to these special interests, and if they start winning, you're going to hear what I have to say about it."
-Ad not directed at him & then "We're not going to cave in to these special interests,... So which is it? Not directed at him, yet plural-we are not going to cave... Maybe he needs a lesson in noun/verb agreement or it may be he refers to himself in the plural because he considers himself as deity. Instead of King Kasich, is it now God Kasich?
Dunmore56

Cincinnati, OH

#30 May 10, 2011
Yes, more funding to charter schools is part of the Republican play book, its happening in every state, greater government influence, more kool-aid for the masses. It does appear to be a simple payoff to a favored donor, but there is more to it.

Who said the Republicans are for smaller government?
Chris M

Columbus, OH

#31 May 10, 2011
What is the point of all this slashing of budgets for nursing homes, taking away workers rights, slashing Medicaid, slashing the pay and benefits of police, fire, and teachers, slashing education spending and revenue sharing to cities? To what end this campaign of misery and assault on kids, the old, the sick and the middle class? Turns out it's just to fund more tax cuts for the rich.

Kasich wins the prize as the most extremist right-wing ideologue we've ever had as governor. You wonder how extremest leaders in history ever got into office. Turns out they never tell voters in advance what they plan to do. Then they do everything they can while in office to eliminate their opposition and reward their base. Doesn't matter if it's extreme left wing or extreme right wing. The play book is the same.
Victoria

Columbus, OH

#32 May 10, 2011
Kasich took a bunch of money--$87,000 from people he said are bad. Why did he take the money if these guys are evil? Considering the amount of money he took from them, this seems like typical Kasich grandstanding. I do not believe it.
Civics101

Columbus, OH

#33 May 10, 2011
Kasich said. "No group should use political influence to run public policy in the state of Ohio."

Does that include the Koch brothers, you puppet?
ramseyjames

United States

#34 May 10, 2011
I just hope that all of you fools who voted for this moron are happy now! This nut will continue to ruin this state and the lives of the working people in it!
dee

United States

#35 May 10, 2011
The same tactics the governor used to get elected are now considered influence peddling. What a laugh!

Since: Mar 11

Columbus, OH

#36 May 10, 2011
Kashit couldn't care less about your grandma. He's made it quite clear that he only cares about the wealthy, corporate interests who can further his political career and his own darn pockets. He is the most dispicable governor Ohio has ever had and I'm afraid with be the ruin of us all.
Just saying

Columbus, OH

#37 May 10, 2011
Mary K 43209 wrote:
Kasich is against excessive campaign contributions and poliitcal influence affecting public policy?
Physician heal thyself!
To be fair:

"However, former Gov. Ted Strickland took in $292,074 from the lobbying community, while Kasich got $124,267.

The study also examined the donations of those who employ lobbyists.

Forty-five percent of the campaign contributions from registered employers of lobbyists to legislators and legislative candidates came from unions; 10 percent from health-care industry; 6 percent from finance, lawyers & lobbyists and the energy sector; and 5 percent from insurance, Citizen Action said. Democrats received more than $9.2 million from unions, while the Republicans received only $193,645."

http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_ne...
Just saying

Columbus, OH

#38 May 10, 2011
Ohio Born wrote:
Question: If the state republicaNOs cut the amount the state funds to counties, cities, villages and school districts and do nothing to stop any local tax "Levies" (read Tax increase) is that a republicaNO tax increase?
IMHO it is a tax increase. My wife and I are retired and receive Social Security and a small military pension. Under the Kasuck plan our property tax debt will increase by $500-750 a year by 2012! I cannot afford it and most seniors cannot. If the state feels these cuts to local governments are necessary--then freeze local taxes until the state income gets well.
This is happening all over the country, even in Democratic-run states. This country is in financial trouble all across the board, and per the IMF China is expected to be the world's dominant economic power by 2016. The IMF stated the next president - whoever it will be - will be the last to preside over the great power formerly known as the United States.
Go Figure

Dublin, OH

#39 May 10, 2011
King Kasich seems to want to cut spending on everyone but himself. Drive by the Official Governors mansion in Bexley and there is always an Ohio Highway Patrol car sitting outside with noone in residence. Why is the OHP there when the new Governors residence is in Westerville with the millions spent to secure that property? Why not pull the extra security on a vacant house and let the Bexley Police Department protect the empty mansion like it does the occupied estates on the same street.
Just saying

Columbus, OH

#40 May 10, 2011
Dunmore56 wrote:
The nursing home business helps keep a portion of the population alive. I assume the Republicans forgot that part.
Prior to the Nov election, a group published some Medicare stats that showed 3% of the 1.8 million participants used 70% or so of the $18 billion of funding, most of which went people, organizations providing the care., oh and not just nursing homes, even Hospitals!
Home care, which is the new kid on the block is favored due to its lower costs, but these 3% are SICK, many requiring 24/7 care which cannot be provided at home, many are removed from Hospitals and wind up in nursing homes.
I thought only Democrats were trying to kill people by cutting off funding
My concern with at-home care is that many people lack the patience and skill to care for elderly folks. Just look at the manners of people - or lack thereof - and that is the care they will likely give their family members.

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