For Immediate Release
December 5, 2014
Contact: Marianne Gasiecki
State Co-Coordinator (OH) – Tea Party Patriots
Pay Increases for Ohio Legislature Fast Tracked
Salaries More Important than Health Care and Education
Ohio – In a bold display of narcissism and selfishness, the Ohio House has fast tracked an amended substitute bill (Sub HB 661) through House Committee hearings in one day to give themselves a yearly “Cost of Living” increase.
Meanwhile important bills such as the Health Care Compact (HB 227), which would put the destiny of Ohio’s health care in the hands of its own citizens, and the bill to Repeal Common Core (HB 597) are pushed aside and allowed to sit idle.
From the time Sub HB 661 was introduced, the Ohio House has managed to pass this bill for their own salary increases through committee hearings and on the floor for a full vote – in less than one weeks time.
This is the same legislature that is reported to be cutting this legislative session short, leaving important bills, such as the previously mentioned, to die at the end of this session.
“Where is the outrage, when people who are paid with our taxes, can’t find the time to address important legislation, but in less than a week, can pass their own pay increases?” asked Marianne Gasiecki, Tea Party Patriots State Co-coordinator.
“Since they were able to find time to give themselves pay increases,” stated fellow Tea Party Patriots State Co-Coordinator Ralph King, “one would expect that in the spirit of good government, the Ohio legislature would remain in session and actually do their job.”
We respectfully request that Governor Kasich take a stand for good government and Ohio citizens by calling on both Ohio legislative bodies to do the responsible thing and stay in session until both HB 227 and HB 597 have been given a full vote by both bodies, added both King and Gasiecki.
Governor Kasich – the Nation is watching!