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Friday, January 30, 2009

Strickland budget to come into focus on Monday

Ohio Director of the Office of Budget and Management J. Pari Sabety will hold a press briefing Monday to discuss Governor Ted Strickland’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2010-2011.

The governor has a lot of curious people wondering exactly how he is going to pay for the school funding proposals he discussed last week. It is premature to be critical of how that is laid out until the details are released.

An item in particular is how will the potential switch to 200 school days up from 180 days per school year be paid for by local school districts that would have to renegotiate their contracts with teacher unions.

The governor has proposed bold ideas to improve education, let's see if he can back up his proposals with the funding it will take to get the job done.

Strickland vows not to raise taxes, but he has proposed items such as increasing fees and penalities to recoup more money from taxpayers. So in the meantime is it fair to wonder if perhaps getting a driver's license will cost $100?

-- John Arthur Hutchison

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