Website Review: 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.