Where: LCNB Bank in Oxford
When: September 15th at 7:00PM
Where: LCNB Bank in Oxford
When: September 15th at 7:00PM
The Butler County Progressive PAC Presents:
Candidate, Democratic Nomination for
The United States Senate
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
LCNB Bank Building
30 Park Place West, Uptown Oxford
It’s free and open to the public.
PG Sittenfeld will be speaking at the BCP’s April 14th meeting. He has declared to run for the Democratic Party for the U.S. Senate. The seat is currently held by Rob Potman.
We hope that you will be able to join us on April 14th, 2015, at 7 pm above the LCNB Bank in Oxford, OH.
The following link will take you to Sittenfeld’s Commitment to Service.
Butler County Progressive Political Political Action Committee held a reception for former Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner at the home of Prue and Steve Dana on the evening of October 25, 2011. Jennifer is the creator of Courage PAC. Courage PAC is an Ohio state political action committee focused on citizen involvement on issues such as financial reform, fair elections and redistricting and accountable and transparent government.
President Don Daiker opened the PAC meeting and welcomed both members and guests alike. The meeting included endorsement recommendations and guest speakers.
On July 3rd the City of Oxford held their Independence Day Parade. Butler County Progressives had a large presence. BCP-PAC members (left to right: Bill Gracie, Bill Houk, Kate Rousmaniere, Don Daiker, Clyde Brown, Gayle Brown, and Mary Sue Houk) are seen lining up for the parade with our new banner. You can see pictures of the Independence Day Parade HERE.
Several members can be seen proudly caring our new banner down High Street. Pictured left to right are Rick Bailey holding the banner, Bill Gracie, Bill Houk, Roland Duerksen and Kate Rousmaniere behind Gayle Brown with flag, Mary Duerksen, Mary Sue Houk with back turned, Lillian Corti with sign, Dave Christman on the bike, and Don Daiker. Following the marchers is a 1929 Ford Model A driven by Mark Sawyer representing local AFSCME workers.
Here’s a closer view of the vintage Ford.
Members of BCP-PAC traveled to Columbus to march in the June 29th parade that delivered signed petitions to the Ohio Secretary of State to repeal SB 5. You can see pictures of the Columbus Rally HERE.
Don Daiker and Bob Ratterman are shown carrying our new banner in a parade of 6,500 participants.
The picture that says it all. This sign shows the number of signatures turned into the Secretary of State.
I’m sure there will be dozens of Butler County Republicans willing to support the governor and his new budget, so let me present the Democratic view. There are two sides to every coin, and this one is far from perfect. Here are three big problems with the Republican budget that passed the Ohio Senate last week: First, it’s true that Kasich balanced his budget and did not raise taxes, but he did steal tax revenues from public schools and local governments and reassign them to the state. This blatant political tactic of seizing CAT taxes and other revenues that were previously allocated to fund local townships will devastate local governments; but it will have one major benefit. It will let the governor argue in 2012 that he “lowered” taxes, while those awful school boards and local leaders tried to raise them! Isn’t that tricky? Well played sir! Ohio law mandates that schools and local governments provide basic services. That alone will force local school boards and local governments to raise taxes next year. In fact, schools and local governments will cut jobs, lower wages, and raise taxes, but the total effect will fail to make up for the losses in state funding. West Chester Township alone will lose roughly $5million per year over the next two or three years, and the Lakota School District will lose more than that!
Secondly, how do you sell a budget in a bad economy when its primary feature is job cuts? Apparently, you call it the “Jobs Budget!” Let’s be clear about one thing – this budget cuts jobs. The public schools alone will lose roughly 50,000 jobs in the next two years. When the governor claims that he is creating jobs, he means that he is reducing taxes for corporations and wealthy estates. He may even believe that works. The facts say they don’t. The Bush tax cuts proved beyond a reasonable doubt that tax cuts don’t create jobs. Our national unemployment rate increased from 5% and peaked over 10% after the Bush tax cuts were passed. By the way, they passed by just one vote, exactly ten years ago. Our economy has been in trouble ever since.
Third, Kasich is selling major state assets, including prisons, the liquor monopoly, the lottery, and drilling rights in state parks. He’s selling them at fire sale prices to his friends and allies. He campaigned against one time sources of revenues like the federal stimulus package passed in 2009, but these asset sales are one time sources of revenue that will help balance his budget but make it harder to balance future budgets in the State of Ohio. With the state coffers nearly empty, and our economy still sputtering, why is Kasich cutting taxes for his friends and increasing the tax burden on the middle class? When these taxes are shifted to the local level, you know we will be the ones paying! Meanwhile, the local members of the right wing like to worship the idea of “No new taxes!” Well no one likes to pay taxes, do they? No elected official wants to increase them either, so we hope you didn’t want your child to have a first class school. We can’t afford that. We hope that you can afford a new set of shock absorbers because your local road maintenance is about to be deferred. Got burglar alarms? Your police department is about to be cut back. And we’re really sorry if you needed that “911” service for an ambulance… because we just can’t spend money we don’t have! Voters will be talking about Kasich’s budget for years to come, and they may say to one another, “You know, we could have done better.”
Butler County Democrats
June 12, 2011