Mark Twain is credited with saying, “No man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session.”
Whether Twain said that or not and whether the statement is accurate may be up for debate, but what we do know is that the Ohio General Assembly will return to Columbus for legislative business next month.
CLICK HERE to view the Ohio General Assembly schedule.
Please see below information on a couple of the issues we will be watching when the Legislature returns.
First, ObamaCare Medicaid expansion – ObamaCare is expected to decrease the number of doctors available to patients and increase the cost of obtaining care. Unfortunately, State Representative Barbara Sears wants to bring ObamaCare to Ohio by expanding Medicaid and place nearly 275,000 of our most vulnerable citizens into the already broken, bloated and bureaucratic Medicaid system.
In addition, Medicaid expansion supporters are asserting that adding more people to the Medicaid rolls will somehow decrease its costs. Reaching that conclusion assumes that Medicaid will grow at 3.5% annually, rather than the current growth rate of 7.2% annually.
What is clear is this -the Medicaid system needs to be reformed, not expanded.
CLICK HERE to take action to stop Medicaid expansion in Ohio.
Secondly, Balanced Budget Amendment –As you may know most states, including Ohio, are required to balance their budgets every year. Unfortunately, that same proviso does not exist for the federal government! Last week Governor Kasich, who served as Chairman of the Budget Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives and played an integral part in the last balanced budgets at the federal level, encouraged states to call for a constitutional convention to approve a balanced budget amendment.
You can read more about it HERE.
Third, Common Core– In 2010, the federal government offered states significant financial incentives to adopt Common Core educational standards, just weeks after the standards were introduced. Since the adoption, there have been numerous concerns voiced over privacy issues as well as further federal intrusion into education through the Common Core standards.
Marietta state representative Andy Thompson has introduced a bill, H.B. 237, which would effectively repeal Common Core in Ohio.
These are just three of the important issues likely to be discussed and debated in Ohio this fall. We will keep you up-to-date on the status of these issues and others that impact economic freedom and liberty as the legislative session gets underway.
In the meantime, thank you for all you do in our state!