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Democrats, unions criticize state budget

Published: Wed, May 25, 2011 @ 12:06 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — Elected Democratic officials from Youngstown and Mahoning County, along with local union leaders, criticized Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, for his state budget proposal that cuts local government funding and for a bill that reduces collective-bargaining rights for public-sector employees.

The budget “is definitely the stake through the heart of working-class people,” said county Commissioner Anthony Traficanti.

The Ohio House approved the state budget — which includes a 25 percent reduction in Local Government Fund revenue to counties and communities effective July 1 and then an additional 25 percent beginning July 1, 2012 — with the Senate not yet voting on issue.

The Democrats were asked to attend today’s press conference outside city hall by We Are Ohio, a group organizing an effort to get the collective-bargaining rights bill, commonly called SB5, on the November ballot for repeal.

For the complete story, read Thursday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com


1oldmillspice(160 comments)posted 5 years ago

I have been a lowly worker all my life and I always worked best when Republicans were in office . When Dems were in, I got laid off. I worked in construction, Thank God I'm retired now

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2jr58(3 comments)posted 5 years ago

The only thing any politicians in Mahoning County know is where the hand out is. They are all a bunch of lying, stealing, cheating DB. There is no future for this valley as long as the same people( Career politicians) keep runing for office. What has really changed here take away the v&m star deal and you have nothing. All talk and no walk we need people in there that want to make things happen not line their pockets with pensions and benefits and any loans from unnamed business men. We need to make do with what we get & have just like the middle class has learned to do. Lets cut their wages and make them pay for their own insurance just like we do. Pensions are what we do for ourselves not what the taxpayers do for us.

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3AntiFascist(61 comments)posted 5 years ago

What a pathetic newspaper. And what a pathetic bunch of comment trolls.

old mill - you were laid off from 1992-2000? or were you laid off from 1985-2002 when Traficant was in office, you are a complete moron.

THIS is the only story you run on the budget? The state budget will affect nearly every Ohioan for the next two years and you run a little blurb about it?

Oh wait....

"For the complete story, read Thursday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com"

I won't hold my breath. What happened to toddy franko's "Government Watch"?

Here are a few articles if any of you actually want to know about the budget:



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4redeye1(5534 comments)posted 5 years ago

Traficanti may have worked his way up, but it sure seems like he's quit since he's got to the top. Let's all face it, if the democrats can't raise taxes to help the chosen few (UNIONS) they are not happy. They don't care about any of the people who elected them unless they are union. people. I thought they were suppose to work for all of us. But I guess not. They are also opposed to SB5 that bill would save the towns, cities, townships villages money, but the chosen might have to join the real world. Vote GOP in the next election.

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5Traveler(606 comments)posted 5 years ago

I have said it before and here it is again not even a year ago the democrats where in charge in Columbus. They could have took acting to fix the budget but no they had better things to do.
Now the republicans are in charge and there is no choice but to do something about the state budget and the democrats are whining.
If the democrat dont like the budget put forth they have only there self to blame they where in power they could have came up with a solution.

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6wksb50(32 comments)posted 5 years ago

I feel the only reason certain departments DON'T get hit with layoff's is because of favoritism. For example: SOME people say Mr. Tablack is irreplaceable- guess what people-----NO ONE IS IRREPLACEABLE. COMMISSIONER LUDT and Mr. Tablack had it out for Jobs and Family Services/DHS DIivision and when Mr. Ludt lost last election,the first thing he did before he left office was get even and laid off 26 welfare workers who are not in gerneral fund and get their money through state and federal government.. That was on September 15, 2010 when people with a lot of years got cut. THat is a sin. Where did OUR money go? RENT OR ANOTHER DEPARTMENT WITHIN. Thanks for laying the low paid hard workers off, but you didn;t fool us.

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