Budget Press Clips: February 27


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Sorry for the late post.

Lots of news this weekend about SB5, but unless you believe a friendly newspaper’s account of the findings of an unreleased, leaked “analysis” by the Kasich administration, we still don’t have anything that would tie the bill to any impact on the FY12-13 state budget. When the report is publicly available, we’ll be happy to write about it. That said, here’s an article in today’s edition that attempts to relate the two:

Senate Bill 5: It’s about budgets, jobs, ideology – Columbus Dispatch

There is a nice package in the Dayton Daily News about how many education jobs were saved by federal stimulus, and how schools are coping with its disappearance and the likely reduction in state funds.

Education stimulus drying up – Dayton Daily News

Stimulus saved jobs, but major cuts are coming – Dayton Daily News

The Cleveland Plain Dealer talks about the pros and the cons of legislation currently in the Ohio House to reform state worker pensions, and argues that the bill should go further to reduce the employer contribution to state worker pensions, something that would have a positive budgetary impact for the State.

Real reform for public pensions: editorial – Cleveland Plain Dealer

And, finally we learn about how recent declines in the Local Government Fund (LGF) have impacted road maintenance in Ohio’s smaller communities as a result of declining tax collections. With an estate tax cut and discretionary cuts to the LGF speculated to be contained in the Governor’s budget, it could cripple local communities and their ability to provide basic services:

Townships blame budgets for road repairs not being tackled – Columbus Dispatch

(Sorry, but no tweet of the day today. We are boycotting twitter to avoid Oscar overload)

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