Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Sending a message with math

Today, the 'Spatch has an article detailing Gov. Strickland's involvement in the all-important budget negotiations. As you all likely know, the Ohio budget has gone to conference and the Repubican Senate and Democratic House are trying to determine how to come up with the $3.2 billion in cuts that are necessary in order to balance the budget, as is required by the Ohio Constitution.

Gov. Strickland suggested cutting $2 billion.

For the math illiterate, that's $1.2 billion less than what is necessary.

Clearly, Strickland is sending a message to the legislature.

"Cut this, and then find another pay for the rest."

So Governor Strickland, what's it gonna be? Higher taxes? Gambling?

By failing to offer a solution, you are providing yet another symbolic, but meaningless gesture intended to cover your ass in hopes that you can avoid the political fallout that comes with a state falling apart at the seams.

Color me unsurprised.

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