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Columbus Dispatch

We Are Ohio generates $7 million during SB 5 referendum e...

Your taxes go up when your fellow voters raise them. The reason there are so many tax levies is because your state representatives have ignored 4 state supreme court rulings to change the way schools are funded and to end the reliance on property taxes. Most teachers already pay 15% into their health plans. Any bad teachers there are (less than 3% if you ask any superintendent) are there because their administrators are too lazy to do the paperwork to fire them. Teachers are being asked to pay another 3% into their retirement systems by STRS.  (Jul 29, 2011 | post #72)

Columbus Dispatch

We Are Ohio generates $7 million during SB 5 referendum e...

As the Republican Bible, the Columbus Dispatch pointed out, if fully implemented SB5 would have saved the Central Ohio school districts less than 1/2 of 1% of their budgets. You don't need to cover that with layoffs. It's already covered through give backs and wage freezes.  (Jul 29, 2011 | post #71)

Columbus Dispatch

We Are Ohio generates $7 million during SB 5 referendum e...

1. Teachers do not get overtime, the work on weekends, during the summer and at night comes with the job and is unpaid. 2. You only need overtime for police & firemen when their departments are understaffed or there is a crisis.  (Jul 29, 2011 | post #64)

Columbus Dispatch

SB 5 referendum will be Issue 2 on November ballot | The ...

I know the leaders of my union, none of them are corrupt. before you make generalizations like that you should think back to what you should have learned in elementary school. I was taught the "Some All Fallacy". Just because some union leaders may be corrupt, doesn't mean all union leaders are.  (Jul 28, 2011 | post #44)

Columbus Dispatch

SB 5 referendum will be Issue 2 on November ballot | The ...

Neither of these issues will create or save any jobs in Ohio. I have read the Dispatch, my local paper, watched the NBC news, no where are there any valid comments about jobs being created by these issues. SB 5 alone would eliminate roughly 15,000 teaching jobs, who knows how many other public jobs will be lost.  (Jul 28, 2011 | post #42)

Columbus Dispatch

Hearing on SB 5 ballot language scheduled | The Columbus ...

That was the pay for a lawyer hired by the union who represents the toll collectors and other public employees for the New Jersey Turnpike. It has nothing to do with Ohio or the pay of any toll collectors in Ohio. http://ifpte194.or g/article.php?id_a rticle=269  (Jul 26, 2011 | post #26)

Columbus Dispatch

Banned voting options popular | The Columbus Dispatch

Think about it. If you are an illegal alien, hiding out in this country, why would you risk deportation and the loss of your income, home & family to cast a vote in an election? It doesn't make sense. There is no monetary reward, the risk far outweighs the result. Do't you think those poll workers check just a little bit harder if you are hispanic? http://www.staradv ertiser.com/news/2 0101210_Illegal_im migrants_who_drive _risk_more_than_a_ ticket.html http://postbulleti n.typepad.com/honk /2010/09/why-9999- percent-of-illegal -immigrants-dont-v ote.html  (Jul 25, 2011 | post #58)

Columbus Dispatch

Reward scam hits Zoombezi | The Columbus Dispatch

A one time visit is pricey, but the Gold Season passes are a worthwhile alternative. Instead of that $120 you mention for a family, it is about $400 for unlimited visits to the Zoo, Zoombezi Bay, & the rides are free as is the parking. I know of no park that gives food away free or has free lockers.  (Jul 23, 2011 | post #29)

Columbus Dispatch

SB 5 makes the ballot; stage is set for battle | The Colu...

The state legislature has ignored 4 state supreme court rulings to change the way the schools in Ohio are funded through property taxes. The state legislature has ignored the courts and done little to change the dependency on property taxes. You are blaming the wrong people, contact your state representative and senator and tell him or her to change the funding and comply with the court rulings.  (Jul 22, 2011 | post #122)

Columbus Dispatch

SB 5 makes the ballot; stage is set for battle | The Colu...

Where is this excessive government spending (which you believe exists) controlled by SB5? The Republican Bible, known as the Columbus Dispatch, had an article which showed that if SB5 were fully implemented it would have only saved the school districts in central Ohio less than 1/2 of 1 percent of their budgets. The median starting salary of an elementary teacher is $31,000 a year. That's comes in 119th out of the top 120 salaries offered to college graduates. Where is that an "artificially inflated" salary? Are the minds of the children in Ohio also of "no tangible value"? The taxpayers do not pay union executives their salaries, it comes out of the dues which union members chose to pay. Once you pay your public employees, it is their money. You have no say what they pay in union dues, what car they buy or what grocery store they shop at. It is the public employees money to do with as they see fit.  (Jul 22, 2011 | post #118)

Columbus Dispatch

Mom jailed over school residency will appeal to clear rec...

She willingly did the crime, she chose to break the law. Most school districts, if not all, allow students to transfer to adjoining districts at no charge. She could have explored this possibility. If she is allowed to do this with no punishment what kind of example does this set for future lawbreakers?  (Jul 18, 2011 | post #16)

Columbus Dispatch

Count on SB 5 being on ballot | The Columbus Dispatch

Please become informed about SB5 instead of yelling (capital letters) at the teachers. Out of the top 120 salaries paid in the USA to college graduates, the average starting salary of an elementary teacher comes in at $31,000, which is 119th. Teachers are not over paid. Teachers work in the summer. Teachers benefits are the nor/average in a white collar employment. Ohio is not a dying state. If fully implemented SB5 would save school districts less than 1/2 of 1 % of their budgets on average. This has nothing to do with money. SB 5 would take away the current legitimate salary schedules, in most school districts 1/2 of the teachers would face pay cuts of up to 50%, the money would just be spread out so all teachers would get the same. Do you really think a first year teachers should be paid the same as a teacher with an advanced degree and 30 years experience? Do you really think the school districts that have rewarded our military veterans with additional pay should be forced to lower their pay?  (Jul 17, 2011 | post #31)

Columbus Dispatch

Count on SB 5 being on ballot | The Columbus Dispatch

Come back here in November when the SB5 is over turned by a 2 to 1 margin. Your hatred and unwarranted anger towards union employees will take a hit also and you will realize what a small minority you are in.  (Jul 17, 2011 | post #27)

Columbus Dispatch

Count on SB 5 being on ballot | The Columbus Dispatch

How soon everyone forgets. The Columbus Dispatch, also known as the "Republican Bible", pointed out several moths ago that if SB 5 were fully implemented in Central Ohio, it would only reduce the budgets of local school district by less than 1/2 of 1%. SB 5 has little to do with money or the budget. It is demonizing public workers and blaming them for the problems the politicians in Ohio caused.  (Jul 17, 2011 | post #26)

Columbus Dispatch

Kasich asks teachers to design merit-pay plan | The Colum...

My first paying job was as a stock boy in a discount store. After 30 days, I got a 5% pay raise. After 90 days, I got another 5% more. After 6 months another 5% and then another 5% after a year. Every year after that I got another 5% and more vacation days. I was rewarded for my loyalty and good work. The workers who couldn't do the job got fired. That's the way it is in education also. 50% of all new teachers quit within 5 years of being hired. They can't stand the job or the ridiculous paperwork or realize they are not cut out for education. All teachers get evaluated the first 2 or 3 years after they are hired. All merit pay does is reward the teachers who go to the same church, or have the same skin color, or sexual orientation, or political background as the evaluator. Unless of course one of your relatives is on the school board.  (Jul 13, 2011 | post #221)