Wednesday, June 29, 2011
OELSLAGER VOTES WITH DEMOCRATS IN OHIO SENATE AGAINST HB 153 - OHIO'S TWO YEAR BUDGET BILL
The Ohio Senate voted out HB 153 yesterday and in a near party line vote approved the measure 22 to 11.
"Near" is the operative vote. Stark County state Sen. Scott Oelslager was not among the 23 Republicans who voted for the bill.
Undoubtedly, for Oelslager, the slashing of local government funds and financial assumptions that SB 5 (the collective bargaining bill) will become law was too much for him to play the loyal Republican role.
The SCPR commends Oelslager for demonstrating the courage to stand up against his party to send a message of support for Stark's villages, cities and townships and their opposition (for the most part) to the nearly 50% cuts in local government funding that HB 153 provides for over the next two fiscal years.
Republicans Christina Hagan and Kirk Schuring on the House side of the Ohio General Assembly: how will they vote?
Answer: Do not look for them to pull an Oelslager!