April 21, 2014

Great New Site for Ohioans Following State Government

Website Review: Ohio Budget Watch

Twitter avatar for Ohio Budget Watch

Every two years the governor and Ohio General Assembly hammer out a budget for state government in Ohio. Their decisions affect health care, education, public safety, the justice and corrections systems and, our state parks, roads — the list goes on. The state budget process is also where big businesses get their tax breaks and where the state’s well-heeled lobbyists are paid handsomely to wedge language in here and there that benefits some narrow special interest that helped finance some legislator’s or state office holder’s election run.

In short, the budget process is where the priorities are set for your tax dollars. It’s where we Ohioans collectively (through our representatives) put our community values on full display.

To that end, and I must assume because the weather on Capital Square calls for cloudy with a chance of crazy, a new website has been launched in Ohio to chronicle the Ohio budget process.

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Daily Ohio Clips – January 18, 2011

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Sunday Papers (plus yesterday) – January 16, 2010

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The Clips: December 29, 2010

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California’s ‘Budget Emergency’ Has Me Thinking About Ohio’s

Gov. Arnold Scwarzenegger announces California legislature special session on Dec. 6.

Rummaging around state governments news today I came across a story I missed yesterday on California’s well-known budget crisis.  Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is calling the CA legislature into special session this month to debate – and he hopes – pass a slate of emergency budget cuts.  And it’s a big number he’s going after.

According to KCAL in Los Angeles the total is $9.9 billion in cuts to be effective immediately or the following year. Cuts include:

  • $983.5 million in Medi-Cal cuts in 2010-11 and 2011-12.  Medi-Cal is the state of California’s Medicaid program. Among the cuts there would be changes to prescription coverage, co-pays and the elimination of coverage for some immigrants.
  • $1.4 billion through eventual elimination of CALWorks – the state’s welfare to work program.
  • $903 million to the Food Stamp and Child Welfare Services programs.  These cuts are implemented by ”shifting county mental health realignment funding to county social services programs. This adjustment eliminates the majority of funding for county mental health services and retains only the amount necessary to fund mandated mental health services.”

The list goes on.

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