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The following was written by Former State Representative and AFP-Ohio Policy Director Seth Morgan. It addresses the looming higher education "bubble" and explains how the free market is adapting to find solutions.
Instability in the financial markets, declining real estate markets, and the Washington political elite are contributing to the uncertainty of our times. However, another bubble looms on the horizon and over the heads of Ohio families.
Our higher education system across this country is generally failing to produce the expected return on family and student investment. Prices continue to climb in some cases out of hand while what you get in return for your investment job placement metrics are not acceptable. We are paying more and getting less.
On Friday, union bosses again showed their unwillingness to work to improve Ohios future and bring jobs back to the Buckeye State, when they failed to even show up at a meeting called by Governor Kasich, Senate President Niehaus, and House Speaker Batchelder.
For months, Union bosses have shown they are unwilling to work toward reforms needed to get Ohio back on track to jobs and prosperity. Union bosses political allies failed to offer any amendments to Senate Bill 5 during the legislative process.
Instead of working constructively with legislative leaders, union bosses and special interests continue to spread misinformation about Senate Bill 5 (Issue 2), and have forced us into a costly campaign to preserve a crucial reform for Ohio.
[img_assist|nid=24577|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=300|height=225]Panelists at last night's Taxpayer Town Hall explained to the audience that Issue 2 (Senate Bill 5) is about our future. President of the Buckeye Institute Matt Mayer told the audience that schools and local governments in Ohio are on spending path that is unsustainable without tax increases, and that tax increases will kill jobs and prosperity. Former Cincinnati City Council Member Jeff Berding explained that Cincinnati faces a deficit every year and that 83% of Cincinnati's general revenue fund goes to labor and that 90% of that is governed by contracts, so the City's hands are tied under current law. Local business owner Dan Regenold explained that when taxes increase, the first thing his business cuts are capital improvements which would have allowed for more jobs.
Please join us for a Taxpayer Town Hall tonight in the greater Cincinnati area or tomorrow night in Geauga County. The town hall panels will be moderated by former State Representative and AFP-Ohio Policy Director Seth Morgan, and will focus on the financial crises faced by many of our cities, townships, villages, and schools, how these crises could affect Ohio's jobs and citizens, and how State Issue 2 (Senate Bill 5) can help solve these crises.
Over the next few weeks, AFP-Ohio will partner with Tea Parties, 9/12 groups, and other liberty organizations to host Taxpayer Town halls in Geauga County, Tiffin, Troy, the Greater Cincinnati Area-West, Norwalk, Zanesville, Canton, the Greater Toledo Area, and additional locations to be announced. Click here for more information.
Americans for Prosperity-Ohio is kicking off a statewide series of Taxpayer Town Halls this Tuesday, August 16th in the greater Cincinnati area. The Eastern Hills Community Tea Party is partnering with us on this town hall, which will feature former Cincinnati City Council member Jeff Berding, Buckeye Institute President Matt Mayer and local business owner Dan Regenold as panelists.
The panel will be moderated by former State Representative and AFP-Ohio Policy Director Seth Morgan, and will focus on the financial crises faced by many of our cities, townships, villages, and schools, how these crises could affect Ohio's jobs and citizens, and how State Issue 2 (Senate Bill 5) can help solve these crises.