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Reps to introduce bill to restore cuts

Published: Thu, March 1, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Staff report


State Reps. Ronald V. Gerberry and Sean J. O’Brien plan to introduce legislation in the Ohio House to restore significant cuts made last year to the Local Government Fund.

But Gerberry, of Austintown, D-59th, said the proposal he and O’Brien, of Brookfield, D-65th, would co-sponsor is likely to go nowhere.

“Do I expect this bill to rush through the General Assembly? Not at all,” Gerberry said. “I’d be surprised if we got a [committee] hearing.”

In an effort to balance the state budget, Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, proposed last year a 25-percent cut to the fund in July 2011, and an additional 25-percent reduction in July 2012.

The Republican-controlled Legislature approved the cuts of $555 million over the two years. The money is to go to counties, cities, villages and townships.

Gerberry said there is $247 million in what is known as the “rainy-day fund,” money put aside by the state government for emergencies, and tax revenues are about $140 million above projections. Most of the money to restore the local government fund cuts could come from those two areas, he said.


1JoeFromHubbard(1817 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

This effort by Gerberry and O'brien is a prime example of how and why governments have financial problems.

When someone like John Kasich, who knows fiscal discipline, does the right thing by cutting spending, there should be no reversal of those changes.

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2bvjarvis1(1 comment)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

If what Gov. Kasich had done was to actually have "cut spending," then I would agree with both of you that this effort by Reps Gerberry and OBrien was misguided. However, the $2.2B in local government funds that Gov. Kasich withheld was money that belonged to local governments and school districts -- it was money that each of us paid in state sales and state income taxes that was supposed to have been flowed back to us. In this specific instance, the Gov. made no "spending cuts" at all -- he simply confiscated $2.2B of our hard-earned sales and income tax dollars and used them to balance the State's books, rather than flowing them back down to schools/cities where they belonged. So, in this rare instance I do agree with these two Reps -- the Gov. should not have pilfered our coffers and should return our money to us -- then make whatever State cuts he feels he has to make -- but, not with local money. (This issue has nothing to do with SB5, spending someone else's dollars, police tax levies, or bad financial policies. This is all about replenishing local dollars that the Gov. took from us.)

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