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Last updated 4/8/11 – Governor Kasich’s executive budget proposal has been introduced (HB153) and is currently receiving hearings in the House Finance committee.

The best way to make your support or opposition to items in the bill is always to testify in committee. In order to testify in House Finance, you must first notify the Chairman’s office at least 24 hours prior to the committee hearing and provide 75 copies of your written testimony (yes, we agree, it is ridiculous, especially in the age of electronic communications, but those are the rules). In order to learn when hearings are being held, you can always check our Budget Events Calendar, or you can consult the House committee schedule web page, typically updated for the following week on Fridays, or, you can contact Chairman Amstutz’s office and request to be added to the committee e-mail notification list.

House Finance Committee Chairman – Rep. Ron Amstutz
77 S. High St
13th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-6111
Phone: (614) 466-1474
Email: district03@ohr.state.oh.us

The next best way to express your views is to request, either alone or as a group with other constituents, a meeting with your Representative. Call their office and ask for time with the member or staff. Giving your group a name (e.g. Taxpayers for Better State Parks) and indicating that you represent many more constituents who can also be engaged to make calls or come to their offices is more effective than coming along. If that’s too much work, call your Representative. Slightly less effective is to write a letter (the old fashioned kind, on paper), and probably last on the list is to send an email, or (worse) signing a petition.

Think of it this way – the best way to weigh in is to consume as much of their precious time as you possibly can. Speaking in their committee for 10 minutes (or sitting face to face in their office) to share your personal story has more of an impact than talking to a staffer on the phone for two minutes. But a phone call is still more effective than a letter or email that will consume a few seconds of their time to open and scan before filing away. When public libraries were on the chopping block in the last state budget, they organized their patrons to call members’ offices and tied up the phone lines for several days with tens of thousands of calls. Needless to say, the cuts to libraries were scaled back. It’s an important lesson for armchair advocates.

And, as always, you can still contact your Governor.

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