did we learn anything on November
By Bob Rhoades
November 16, 2011
were a lot of lessons to be
learned, whether they were, only time will tell.
The first item of business locally was of
course the school issue. Since
part of what I thought was the solution, I’ve tried to figure out just
went wrong. Results
of an unscientific
poll on Darke Journal show that distrust of the school board was 33% of
problem. It would
seem that the other
2/3ds doesn’t make a whole lot of difference.
Tied for second place with 19% was “I can’t
afford it” and “home owners
shouldn’t have to carry the whole burden”.
school board thing will be fixed
in time if people continue to feel that way.
Voters elected Fred Matix to replace Joe Payne
and re-elected Jim Sommer
because he did not vote to fire the coaches it seems.
If that pattern continues, in three years the
school board will be completely new.
That will effectively remove one stumbling
block. There is a
problem though: the
state funding mechanism is only good for
three more election cycles.
can’t afford it” is a huge
stumbling block. It
has to be broken
down into can you really not afford it based on the fact that you sat
figured out the numbers or do you think you can’t afford it based on no
rationale at all? Only
2% of the people
said that they believed that the need wasn’t there.
That 2% obviously hasn’t been in the
buildings. 1% said
they didn’t have
enough information. That
seems hard to
believe but it can be fixed if there is a next time.
Over 5000 people looked at the blog on the
internet and new information was posted every week.
owners shouldn’t have to
shoulder the whole burden.” It
that nothing can be done about that.
Well maybe there can be.
Supreme Court of Ohio gave the governor’s office and the legislature a
to come up with a funding mechanism for schools a long time ago. If that was you or I, we
would have been held
in contempt of court by now. Maybe
need a letter writing campaign the size of the “kill Issue 2” campaign. Write Mr. Buchy and Mr.
Faber tomorrow. You
might also drop a line to the Supreme
Court and ask if they have a follow up mechanism.
anyone learned anything from Issue
2, it should be the governor and some legislators.
Not sure that happened.
Legislators are saying they still want to
attack the “collective bargaining problem”, whatever that is. It seems that Kasich’s
folks did a pretty
good job on some people making them believe that no one was paying the
10% pension contribution when actually almost everyone is. Around here the only ones
that would affect
would be administrators and since none of them are covered by a labor
the problem, if there actually is one, will still exist. School boards,
village councils and any
other public body that hires people will still be able to offer the
pickup”. The real
question is if it is
such a bad thing, why do these bodies continue to offer it to people
hire? Because it’s
a good thing for the
employer and a very bad thing for the employee down the road. That’s why very few labor
contracts have it
in the package. If
any employee has
their 10% pension contribution “picked up” by the employer, it puts
in your pocket. Since
you don’t make any
more money, it doesn’t show on you gross earnings.
That means that when you get ready to retire
and your pension is figured on your highest 36 month’s pay, it’s not
in. So too is it
not figured in the next
time a percentage raise is figured on a current pay package. That was a lot of to-do
about nothing wasn’t
it? So rest
assured, all but a very few
of your public employees are paying their fair share.
If our legislators spend 5 more minutes
screwing around with this they should be escorted from the building. It’s a bad practice for
both employee and
it one way or the
other wont’ make it better or worse.
have said that
they wanted to give employers more tools to deal with the monetary
of today when actually it would be taking one away from them. These boards have used
this tool to attract
people into jobs for the most part.
labor contracts that have it in are really just time bombs waiting for
to go off. It will
be traumatic for any
employee, management or not, to give up this perk and equally bad for a
to ask for it back. It
was just a dumb
thing to do in the first place and you can’t legislate stupid, it just
has to work itself out.
15% for hospitalization is a
negotiated benefit. In
employees pay 20% now so that wasn’t a problem here to start with even
Kasich made it sound like no one was paying it.
In Jim Buchy’s recent letter he stated that
the legislature would be
tackling pension reform, capital improvements, continued job creation,
changes at the local government level to reduce high operation costs. There is one
more thing that you forgot,
Jim, it’s that matter of the Supreme Court of Ohio mandating a better
mechanism for schools. In
light of what
just happened in the Greenville School District it should be number one. I’ve never known
of a group of people being
able to ignore the mandate of the Supreme Court, but I guess there is