Can we at least partially blame Kasich for this?
I feel like I’m taking crazy pills.
Gov. John Kasich pleaded with organized labor leaders today to compromise on Senate Bill 5 and cancel a fall referendum on the controversial bill that peels back public employee collective bargaining rights.
Kasich said avoiding a fight over state Issue 2 is in “best interest of everyone, including public employee unions.” He asked the unions to “set aside political agendas and past offenses.”
But We Are Ohio, the coalition that is leading the effort to overturn the collective bargaining law, reacted negatively almost immediately.
“They can repeal the entire bill or join us in voting no on Nov. 8,” said spokeswoman Melissa Fazekas.
“We’re glad that Governor Kasich and the other politicians who passed SB 5 are finally admitting this is a flawed bill,” she added in a statement. “Just like the bill was flawed this approach to a compromise is flawed as well. Our message is clear. These same politicians who passed this law could repeal it and not thwart the will of the people.”
Senate Democratic leader Capri Cafaro of Hubbard said in a statement:“The time to negotiate was during the legislative process, not 197 days after Senate Bill 5 was first introduced in the Ohio Senate. Unfortunately, it has taken too long for the governor and GOP leaders to acknowledge they overreached.”
The governor said the offer stems from him being a “believer in talking,” and not out of “a fear we are going to lose.”
Yeah, he’s not doing it because he’s scared.
Language that would have specifically exempted Lake Erie was quietly removed this week from a bill to open state lands to drilling for oil and natural gas. The move raised the suspicions of environmental groups who already oppose the idea of authorizing drilling in state parks, forests and wildlife reserves, as well as the lands of public colleges and universities.
“There’s a federal ban (on Lake Erie drilling), and as long as that’s in place, great,” said Jack Shaner of the Ohio Environmental Council. “But Congress is making noise. ‘Drill, baby, drill’ mania is sweeping the nation. … Now it looks like Lake Erie could be endangered.