WTOL Vice President and General Manager Bob Chirdon
Governor Strickland proposed some dramatic last-minute changes to the Ohio budget. By law, the budget is supposed to be approved by June 30.
Along with many other items, the Governor proposed changes to the funding of Ohio's libraries and childcare subsidies. He also supported placing gaming machines at some horse racetracks.
This is bold and scary stuff. If approved, some libraries will have to close, and staff and services will be reduced or eliminated. Many parents who rely on child care subsidies to help pay for daycare will be stuck with some hard choices.
And the gambling idea is a radical departure from Strickland's previous positions. It's hard to believe there aren't alternatives for saving money.
Yet, all of these cuts may prove to be necessary and may even happen. But none of this should be rammed down our throats and approved in just 6 days. That's ridiculous and dangerous.
I think the Ohio House and Senate should pass a reasonable 30-day extension on the existing budget. This gives everyone more time to understand how the budget cuts affect you.
At the end of the 30 days, we may all be unhappy, but at least we will know it's coming.