Thanks to the State Supreme Court, which, amazingly enough, ruled that slot machines are gambling, t he whole casino poor tax issue has to go to the voters, leaving Strickland with a $900 million dollar hole (plus or minus) in the state budget.
Naturally, he's threatening that this will r equire draconian cuts in education if he doesn't get his way. Based on the s tate budget plan of about $25 billion per year, this amounts to less than 4% of planned spending – actually, about 3.6%.
Are we to believe that there's not 3.5 – 4.0% of the Ohio state budget that can't be cut? Certainly seems a) both unlikely, and b) 4% hardly seems “draconian”.
It also seems like his proposed tax increase (yes, Gov., it is an increase when the government voids a law providing for tax relief) will likely not generate the $850 million dollars he's looking for. In this economy, the last thing that Ohio needs is to act to make it's business climate even worse. .