You are viewing an obsolete version of the DU website which is no longer supported by the Administrators. Visit The New DU.
Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

Reply #118: Are you kidding? Taft was nothing as bad a Kasich who is selling off state assets to cronies [View All]

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » General Discussion Donate to DU
mod mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 03:10 PM
Response to Reply #39
118. Are you kidding? Taft was nothing as bad a Kasich who is selling off state assets to cronies
for pennies on the dollar and then there's this:

Taxpayer Rip-Off of the Week Award: The Kasich Budgets Secret Six
APRIL 12, 2011 BY EDITOR

For Immediate Release:
April 12, 2011
Contact: Dale Butland
614-783-5833
INNOVATION OHIOS TAXPAYER RIP-OFF OF THE WEEK:
THE KASICH BUDGETS SECRET SIX

LITTLE KNOWN BUDGET PROVISIONS MAKE OBM DIRECTOR A CZAR;
FAVORED CONTRACTORS WOULD PAY NO BUSINESS TAXES

ColumbusInnovation Ohio, a progressive think tank headquartered in Columbus, today presented its second Taxpayer Rip-Off of the Week Award to the Secret Six pages of the Kasich budget which would not only give the Administration unprecedented contracting authority, but also exempt winning contractors from paying any state or local business taxes, including the state CAT that all other businesses are required to pay.

Squirreled away between pages 261 and 266 of HB 153 (Kasichs proposed two-year budget) are 200 seemingly innocuous lines that would make OBM Director Tim Keen the most powerful unelected person in Ohio. These passages authorize him to contract outfor up to 75 yearsANY state service to ANY applicant that he alone deems qualified to more efficiently and effectively provide those services. Best of all, contractors Keen picks as winners would pay no business tax on gross receipts or on any income derived from providing public services.

There is no requirement that the favored bidder be current on taxes, operate a safe workplace, pay a legal wage or even be an Ohio company that employs Ohioans. Nor is there any prohibition against awarding contracts to major Kasich campaign contributors. And awards would not be subject to review or approval by the state Controlling Board or anyone else.

Said Innovation Ohios Communications Director Dale Butland:
With these Secret Six pages, the Governors proposed budget takes taxpayer rip-off to a whole new level. They transform the OBM Director into an unaccountable modern day Czar, vested with unchecked power to contract out any state service to any company he alone deems qualified. The lucky companies get a contract for up to 75 years andas an extra bonusdont have to pay taxes on the money they earn!

So lets review. A generous Kasich campaign donor behind on his taxeswho operates a call center in Bangladesh paying workers $4.00 per daywould pay no business taxes on income from a state contract providing job re-training advice to unemployed Ohioans over the phone.

Of course, public scrutiny, legislative oversight, and tax fairness dont mesh with privatizing state services at the speed of business. Its a new day and a new way. And transparency and fairness are so yesterday.

http://innovationohio.org/featured/taxpayer-rip-off-of-...
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 

Home » Discuss » General Discussion Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC