FACT CHECK: Kasich Claim He “Balanced” Ohio Budget without Mentioning Local Tax Increases He Caused

COLUMBUS, OHIO - Today, during an appearance on Meet the Press, John Kasich falsely repeated his often stated claim that he “balanced a multi-billion dollar structural budget ” without mentioning the tax increases he caused. In fact, Kasich slashed local government and school funding to the bone, among other cuts, causing many communities to seek school levies, local tax increases, layoffs — and in one case approve disincorporation — to offset budget cuts.

When it comes to the economy and working class families, John Kasich cannot be trusted.

BACKGROUND

Kasich Budget Slashed Funding For Schools, Communities

·         Kasich Administration’s Budget Slashed Local Communities, Schools by more than $1.3 billion.  Kasich’s biennial budget cut funding for local communities by about $640 million. Kasich’s budget cut funding for schools by $700 million. [The Columbus Dispatch, 6/30/11]

·         Kasich’s Budget Hits Local Governments Hard.  Local government leaders are upset over John Kasich’s proposed budget, saying it affects their communities disproportionately.  “For Columbus, the state’s largest city, that would be a hit of about $5 million this year, $15 million in 2012 and $20 million in 2013.”  70 percent of that money goes to public safety.  [The Columbus Dispatch, 3/16/11]

·         Columbus City Schools To Lose $27.5 Million Under Kasich’s Proposed Budget.  Columbus City Schools may need to cut programs and break levy promises due to John Kasich’s budget cuts.  The district will no longer “be reimbursed for the state eliminating taxes on business’ personal property and lowering utilities’ property taxes.”  [The Columbus Dispatch, 3/16/11]

·         Kasich’s Budget Abandons Ohio School Districts to Fend for Themselves.  John Kasich’s budget will contribute $1.8 billion less to Ohio schools than the previous budget.  In addition, Kasich refuses to use even a small part of the state’s new surplus of $350 million to fill the gap.  [Akron Beacon Journal, 5/9/12]

One Year Later, Many Schools and Communities Are Seeking Levies, Tax Increases, Layoffs

·         Due to Budget Cuts, Ohio community disbands. Despite already laying off police and maintenance, budget cuts forced Uniopolis to approve disincorporation. [Los Angeles Times, 3/4/12]

·         Centerville City Schools Lost Almost $7 million Thanks to John Kasich, now facing levy.  John Kasich’s Budget cut nearly $7 million in funding for Centerville City Schools, a district with an ‘Excellent’ rating on its state report card for the last 13 years.  The Centerville School Board decided to place a levy on the ballot in November to cover the budget deficit created by the Kasich Administration.  The district has cut over $10 million in the past three years.  [Dayton Daily News, 6/2/12]

·         Because of Kasich budget cuts, Vandalia-Butler to eliminate 32 jobs, seek levy. Representatives of the school district noted they were seeking layoffs, and a potential August levy, due to a budget deficit of $18.3 million caused by $10.5 million in Kasich’s state funding cuts and a $7.8 million loss in property taxes.

·         Monroe School District Forced to Make Up $2.2 Million Deficit with Levy.  Officials with the Monroe School District are attempting to close a $2.2 million deficit with an emergency property tax.  Holly Cahall, Monroe’s Treasurer, said, “We know we can’t count on anything more from the state […].  The state is saying ‘If you want your school, you have to support your school.’ … as long as the current governor is in power, we’ll have to try to do more with less money.”  [Middletown Journal, 5/30/12]

·         Northwest Local School District Puts Levy on November Ballot.  The Northwest Local School District Board voted unanimously to put a levy before voters this November.  The district cut 51 jobs and $3.2 million from their 11-12 budget, and will cut about 50 full-time positions and $3.44 million in the coming school year.  [The Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/10/12]

·         Dublin Schools Need Passage of Levy to Stave Off $15 Million in Cuts.  The Dublin School District is trying to garner more funding from residents with an almost $7 million operating levy and an almost $16 million bond issue this fall.  Without passage, administrators project cuts could include the layoff of 150 employees and alterations to various extracurricular programs.  [The Columbus Dispatch, 5/30/12]

·         Kasich’s budget slashed Sycamore Townships General Revenue Funding by 50%. In a video message, Sycamore Republican Township Trustee Tom Weidman noted that due to Kasich’s budget cuts, the community would lose 50% of its general fund revenue by 2013. [http://www.local12.com/mediacenter/local.aspx?videoid=3270521, accessed 6/2/12]

·         In Response to budget cuts, Sycamore Township Laid Off nearly 100 firefighters. In response to the state budget cuts, Sycamore Township was forced to lay off 70 to 100 part-time, and 14 full-time, firefighters. [Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/16/12]

·         Kasich Wants State to Prepare for Next Crisis While Ignoring the Problems Faced by Schools and Local Communities Now.  Kasich insists that the state’s rainy day fund should be replenished with new budget surpluses, despite the fact that schools and communities across Ohio are still suffering from state budget cuts, which resulted in “cutbacks in essential local services, hikes in local property taxes, and layoffs of teachers, police officers, and firefighters.”  [Editorial, The Toledo Blade, 4/29/12]

·        Centerville City Schools Lost Almost $7 million Thanks to John Kasich.  John Kasich’s Budget cut nearly $7 million in funding for Centerville City Schools, a district with an ‘Excellent’ rating on its state report card for the last 13 years.  The Centerville School Board decided to place a levy on the ballot in November to cover the budget deficit created by the Kasich Administration.  The district has cut over $10 million in the past three years.  [Dayton Daily News, 6/2/12]

·        State Budget Cuts Force Berea Schools to Cut $5.1 Million, Seek Levy.  Thanks to the Kasich Administration budget cuts, the Berea School District, rated “Excellent” on its state report card, will face a $2.5 million deficit if it fails to pass a levy this November. The district has already cut $5.1 million from their budget. [The Plain Dealer, 2/17/12]

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