Friday, May 6, 2011


She promised to talk to the SCPR on camera immediately after her selection as one of three Stark County Republican Party nominees to be submitted to the Ohio House Republican Caucus.

But - apparently knowing she couldn't handle the tough questions of The Report - she cut and ran after the meeting.

Such was indication that Christina Hagan - if she were named to the post (to succeed Todd Snitchler who vacated to become PUCO chairman) -  had all the makings of being a political coward.

She was selected and one of her first acts as state representative was to vote the party line on the Ohio budget (House Bill 153) and then schedule a town hall meeting to explain her action to constituents who yet have to vote on whether or not she shall continue to represent them in the Ohio House.

This maneuver (calling a meeting "after the fact" is called "damage control."  And she doesn't even have the courage to face the public on her own.  The 22 year old state representative is bringing Ron Amstutz (chairman of the House finance and Appropriations Committee) with her.

Like the lion in the Wizard of Oz, Hagan is showing she has no courage - political courage - that is.

At her "after the fact" townhall meeting she has called for May 9th, she will have to explain to the 50th District public the massive cuts in local government funding that is coming to Stark County and its political subdivisions in the FY 2012-2013.

All Stark County local governments who receive state money from the Local Government Fund (LGF) will receive 50% in cuts over the next two years resulting in millions of dollars which will have to be made up with local government tax increases or dramatic reductions in services to citizens in many of the villages, cities, townships and the likes.

Moreover, Hagan is supportive of a measure that will end the Ohio Estate Tax in January, 2013 and which will result in further significant cuts in state monies received by local governments.

As if this were not enough, the Ohio Legislature's promise to local governments that the restructuring of taxation of corporations (from "tangible personal property (TPP)" and franchise to a "commercial activities (CAT) tax") would not cost them in lost local revenues from the TPP.  Guess what?  The state has broken it promise and with her vote on HB 153 Christina Hagan sanctions the broken promise.

And, of course, there are the schools.  Here is an estimate of what the Hagan supported budget is going to cost Stark County school districts:

By the time Hagan has to stand for election, the impact of the cuts on Stark Countians will have been felt by Stark Countians and specifically that part of Stark County she represents.

Her townhall meeting at the Louisville Public Library from 5:30 to 7:00 pm on this coming Monday is very likely to be the first of a long line of "explainin" to do to district voters.

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