Just how Gov. Ted Strickland will pay for the funding hike he’s proposed for Ohio’s public schools remains to be seen. At least he had the guts to put it on the table, however, and keep with the timeframe he established when he took office in January 2007.
One item that might be included in Strickland’s budget is a reduction in the Local Government Fund tax distribution from the state to counties and local municipalities. It won’t be nearly enough �” this rob Peter to pay Paul approach �” but it will be a hurt-smacking on local governments.
There’s been talk for years about reducing or even eliminating the Local Government Fund, but in some parts of the state this revenue represents 10 percent of general fund money. Driving it down will mean even more layoffs on the county and local government level.
It’s going to get worse before it gets better.