Press release: Communication WITHIN the Budget Planning Commission might resolve who to invite

Amstutz to Administration: We’re Ready To Hear Your Budget Story

Columbus—State Representative Ron Amstutz (R-Wooster) today issued a letter to his colleagues on the Budget Planning Commission in hopes of helping to resolve recent contention as to who may contribute to the commission’s hearings.

“If the administration and our two members don’t want to have more executive participation, there are others who have substantial expertise in Medicaid and other major topics. I am hopeful that we will look to them for their insight,” wrote Amstutz.

The letter comes after some concerns of his colleagues were voiced to the media, instead of amongst the group, as to whether executive agencies including and beyond the Office of Budget and Management should participate in the process or whether this would lead to a political game.

The commission’s purpose is to identify challenges and potential solutions for addressing expected problems in the next state budget.

Rep. Amstutz has worked diligently and voiced his concern time and again on the looming $8 billion budget deficit that will become a reality in less than a year.

Press release: Governor’s school funding council gives failing grade

Governor’s School Funding Council Gives Failing Grade

Columbus—State Representative Gerald Stebelton (R-Lancaster), ranking member on the House Education Committee, today issued the following concerns with the projected $1 billion shortfall that Governor Strickland’s School Funding Advisory council voiced earlier this week.

“It is unfortunate that as recently as this week, the governor’s “evidence-based model” education plan has fallen short yet again by underfunding an estimated $1 billion annually.  For the first time since the DeRolph decision, Ohio’s schools saw a direct slash to their funding and multimillion dollar mandates, such as all-day kindergarten, on already-overwhelmed district–which believe they don’t need it and they don’t have the necessary classroom space.

Moreover, this Democratic majority imposed a cut to school funding for public and parochial schools by approximately $90 million. This education model has placed our entire education system at risk by preventing our children from receiving the high-quality, competitive education they deserve. It is my sincerest hope that the governor updates the school funding formula to more-accurately reflect the needs of our schools, teachers and children.”

Guest Blog: State Rep Terry Boose, “Honor and Remember Flag”

Editor’s note:  State Rep. Terry Boose (R-Norwalk) represents the 58th district, comprising Huron County and portions of eastern Seneca County and southern and western Lorain County.  This editorial was released to media outlets today, July 7, 2010.

Guest Column From Representative Terry Boose

“Honor and Remember Flag” pays respect to Ohio’s fallen

With the passing of our nation’s Independence Day, it is hard to forget those who have fought to maintain that independence through the years. Americans are proud to live in a nation where we are not limited by religion, race or gender—a nation where the only colors that matter are red, white, and blue. We know that many have sacrificed their lives on both native and foreign soil to preserve the liberties we enjoy today.

Throughout the year, we pay special tribute to those men and women in the United States Armed Forces who paid the ultimate price to protect those back home. These brave individuals put their lives on the line so we could sleep soundly at night, knowing that we are protected by our men and women in uniform. Until now, throughout our nation’s long military history, there has never been an officially recognized symbol that honors the service members who lost their lives in service to our country. This past Independence Day, legislation was unveiled that designates the Honor and Remember Flag as Ohio’s emblem of service and sacrifice by those who have lost their lives while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

The distinct design of the Honor and Remember Flag is hard to forget. The red field represents the blood spilled by the brave men and women who gave their lives to protect our nation’s freedom. The white field at the bottom of the flag recognizes the purity of sacrifice. The gold star signifies the ultimate sacrifice of a warrior in active service who will not return home, while the blue star that frames it represents active service in military conflict. Within the gold star is the flame which serves as a reminder of the spirit that has departed this life yet burns on in the memory of all who knew and love the fallen hero. And finally, the folded flag beneath the stars signifies the final tribute to an individual life presented to the family for their significant loss.

As a vigilant supporter of Ohio’s more than 900,000 military veterans, I am proud to have supported this legislation in remembrance of our most heroic individuals. Serving in the United States military is one of the noblest endeavors a person can make, and I will continue to work to ensure that these individuals receive the respect and gratitude they deserve.