Ohio’s Workers hit again as Senate advances Kasich Job-less Budget

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June 8, 2011

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Ohio’s Workers hit again as Senate advances Kasich Job-less Budget

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Today, the Senate passed Governor Kasich’s ‘job-less’ budget, which will cost Ohio 51,000 jobs and cut services to vulnerable consumers and citizens in need. With deep cuts to local government funding, Ohio’s communities will have less resources to provide vital services and keep our communities safe. Healthcare and social service workers – in addition to teachers, firefighters, police officers, and others from across Ohio are demanding that lawmakers focus on Ohio families and not the affluent, large corporations and campaign donors.

“Shame on the Ohio Senate for advancing Kasich’s reckless and irresponsible budget,” stated Becky Williams, President of SEIU District 1199. “It is absolutely deplorable that Governor Kasich and Senator Niehaus would strip 51,000 good jobs from our state while so many people are out of work and struggling to survive. This is more of the same by out of touch politicians who are working against Ohio’s economic recovery.”

The Senate version of Kasich’s job-less budget goes even further than the bill passed by the House. For example:

  • Home Care Provider Rates: Further cuts provider rates for at home nursing and aide services. Cuts first-hour-unit price for aide services to 97 percent of the June 30, 2011 rate, first-hour-unit price for nursing services are cut to 95 percent of the June 30, 2011 rate, and first-hour-unit price for independent providers 80 percent of the June 30, 2011 rate.
  • State Government Privatization: Requires DAS to submit a state government reorganization plan to reduce the number of state agencies and increase government efficiencies.
  • Privatization of School Transportation: Allows for the privatization of local/village school bus services and for firing of drivers under certain easily met conditions.
  • Lottery Privatization: Requires the Ohio Lottery to contract with a private vendor for operation of the state’s gaming system
  • E-Schools: Lifts the cap for E-Schools and imposes no standards.
  • Charter Schools: Requires the leasing of unused buildings to charters for $1.

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