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We the People Convention 2014

We the People Convention LogoThe We the People Convention will be held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Columbus on Saturday, September 20, 2014 and is open to ALL citizens. Besides providing nationally recognized speakers talking about the important issues of the day, this year’s Convention is providing training for potential candidates and citizens who wish to be trained for various campaign staff positions through a partnership with the Leadership Institute in preparation for the 2015 and 2016 elections. Tickets for both the Convention and the Leadership Institute training can be purchased at www.WethePeopleConvention.org.

To order tickets, visit http://www.wethepeopleconvention.org/tickets/ .

The one day convention, sponsored by Tea Party Patriots, will be host to several speakers including:

  • Congressman Jim Jordan
  • Buckeye Institute’s Greg Lawson
  • Frederick Douglass Foundation Founder Dr. Tim Johnson
  • Tea Party Patriots’ Bill Norton
  • Turning Point Founder Charlie Kirk
  • Rob Ponder from WHBC
  • State Representative John Adams

In addition to the speakers at We the People, there is an opportunity to be trained by the Leadership Institute.  Two of the biggest problems we have are not enough people to run for elected office and not enough volunteers.  The Leadership Institute will be at the convention giving classes on the skills to get attendees ready to run for office and support those running.  You will learn skills like fundraising, building coalitions, managing volunteers and working with the media.

Join us Saturday, September 20th.

“We Now Have A Smart Exit Strategy from Common Core”

From our friends at Ohioans Against Common Core

Pioneer Institute, an independent think tank from Boston, has lead the charge on research related to Common Core and its progeny. Their research is impeccable, resulting in numerous articles and white papers that serve as highly respected reference sources for state level repeal efforts and legislation.

This past week, Pioneer’s Executive Director, Jim Stergios, released an article “We Now Have a Smart Exit Strategy from Common Core“. The smart exit strategy? Ohio’s HB597. To receive such an endorsement from an organization of this caliber should energize every Ohioan in this fight. We have the plan, now let’s get all boots on the ground and see it through.

NEXT HEARING THIS THURSDAY AT 10:00 AM

 DETAILS - THE OSBA’S LATEST 

1 – SEND THE PIONEER ARTICLE LINK TO YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE
2 – SEND THE LINKS OF JIM STERGIOS’ TESTIMONY IN SUPPORT OF HB597

3- FOLLOW UP BY PHONE TO CONFIRM THEIR SUPPORT FOR HB597
USE THIS TABLE FOR CONTACT INFO AND TO TRACK HB597 SUPPORT

Common Core Hearings Monday

Make plans to join us in Columbus!!!!

HB 237 – the original bill to repeal Common Core – has been inexplicably stalled in the Education Committee for months on end, therefore, Rep. Andy Thompson will be giving his sponsor testimony regarding HB 597 – the new bill to repeal Common Core – this Monday, the 18th.

This is what we’ve been waiting for, and now we need your help.

Join us in Columbus MONDAY, AUGUST 18TH – 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm* – Ohio Statehouse, Rm 313

Hearing will begin with Rep. Thompson’s Sponsor Testimony which will be followed by supporting testimony of Ohio parents, teachers and local school board members. *Hearing will extend if necessary to accommodate work schedules of those who want to offer oral testimony. I will be testifying on Monday afternoon, and would greatly appreciate your support.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 19TH – 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm* – Ohio Statehouse, Rm 313 This hearing is reserved for our out of town guests’ supporting testimony – Dr. Sandra Stotsky, Jane Robbins, Joy Pullmann, Dr. James Milgram, Emmett McGroarty, Ze’ev Wurman, Bill Evers and Jim Stergios are confirmed. *Hearing will be extended if needed.

If you have not had the opportunity to hear these individuals speak, I would strongly urge you to make the trip back to Columbus on Tuesday. Click Here for Hearing Updates at Ohioans Against Common Core Click Here to Order T-Shirts, Wrist Bands and Bumper Stickers Let’s Paint the Statehouse Red!

Ohioans Against Common Core has to pay the travel to have experts come and testify for the hearings. If you would like to support Heidi, please buy one of the Ohioans Against Common Core shirts. The money will support the transportation of the experts for the hearings. Click here to buy. Please wear your shirt in Columbus on Monday, August 18th.

Different Plan for Union Terminal – Citizens Oversight Board Committee Conclusions

Fair Share Approach for Union TerminalFor the past three weeks, a small group of citizens called the Citizens Oversight Board, have gone up against some of the most power people in Cincinnati to ask one simple question, “What would be a Fair Share approach to paying for the repairs needed on Union Terminal?”

The current plan, a quarter of a cent sales tax increase, is being considered by the Hamilton County Commissioners.  

The following is an alternative plan put forth by the Citizens Oversight Board.  They call it the Fair Share Approach.

If you think this option will work, please contact the Hamilton County Commissioners and let them know that Union Terminal can be repaired with everyone paying their Fair Share.

Citizens Oversight Board Conclusions

  1. The Citizens Oversight Board recommends the Commissioners delay placing the renovation of Music Hall and Union Terminal on the Ballot because of substantive issues which must be resolved. Failure to come to agreement on ownership and the many changing financial details, before anything is put on the ballot, places the Citizens of Hamilton County at substantial financial risk.

2. We recommend that Music Hall be removed from this plan and that only Union Terminal be considered. The reasons for Music Hall removal from the plan are as follows:

a. Union Terminal represents the clearest immediate need for renovation. The County has a long history with Union Terminal it has very little history with Music Hall.
b. Music Hall does not require immediate renovation and many of the proposed repairs are cosmetic.
c. Music Hall is clearly owned by the City of Cincinnati. The City has transferred its financial risk of owning Music Hall by transferring operation of Music Hall to the Music Hall Revitalization Company with a 75 year operating agreement. It is unacceptable for Music Hall Revitalization to simply pass this financial risk to the County. County stakeholders should not accept the long-term financial risk of owning Music Hall.

3. We recommend that the Task Force and Commissioners work to incorporate aspects of the Fair Share funding approach proposed (other side). This Fair Share approach places equal responsibility on all stakeholders involved by utilizing

a) User Fees
b) Philanthropic Giving
c) City of Cincinnati Contributions and
d) Hamilton County Contributions. If we move forward with renovation of Union Terminal all groups must be equally represented and equally responsible for the funding of the renovation of Union Terminal.

4. Before language is placed on the ballot, the Commissioners must use this opportunity to clarify ownership of both facilities. The City owns Union Terminal, but it isn’t contractually responsible for managing or repairing it. Failure to clarify ownership will result in a continued lack of accountability for who owns Union Terminal and who is responsible for the facility. Clarifying ownership is also important to ensure receipt of historic tax credits.

5. Before language is placed on the ballot Commissioners must resolve the question of what the City of Cincinnati will contribute to any renovation plan to satisfy their Fair Share investment in Union Terminal. We recommend the three Commissioners engage and meet with Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and Vice-Mayor David Mann before voting on ballot inclusion.

6. Before language is placed on the ballot there must develop a plan for the future maintenance and caretaking of Union Terminal (we suggest by tenants—who are getting the facility for $1). Failure to implement a long term maintenance plan will lead to future funding requests on Hamilton County citizens. 

7. We recommend that time be taken to investigate all approaches to funding. For instance, a local well-known attorney went to the Cultural Facilities Task Force with funding ideas and his input that was not even considered. He called the task force work not very creative, nor imaginative, and missing the larger picture altogether. Have all possible funding options been considered?

8. The Oversight Board is concerned that by raising its sales tax that that Hamilton County will place itself in a negative position for incoming residents and businesses (Sales tax ½-1% above KY & other Ohio). The County simply must answer all questions #1-#8 before placing the issue on the ballot for voting. Otherwise, many of these unresolved issues will continue to be a financial strain for Hamilton County Citizens in the future.

Union Terminal and Music Hall Sales Tax Increase Public Hearning

Union Terminal SupportersWednesday, July 23rd beginning at 6:30pm

Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45246

At a public hearing on Wednesday you will have a chance to give your two cents on the proposed Hamilton County sales tax increase. Citizens will be allowed two minutes to speak on the issue. It will be packed so come early.

As you may have heard, Hamilton County Commissioners are going to vote on whether to raise sales taxes to support a repair and renovation of Union Terminal and Music Hall.

This sales tax increase is a concern on many levels.  Firstly, the proposal overwhelmingly counts on a sales tax increase.  There is a small contribution from the City of Cincinnati and donors, but most of the money comes from the tax increase.

The second problem, these buildings are owned by the City of Cincinnati. They are only pitching in 10 million of the proposed 380 million dollar project.  The owners of the building need to step up and take care of the property they own.

A great interview with Hamilton County Commissioner Greg Hartmann addresses this issue.

Action:  If you can’t make the hearing, please contact the Hamilton County Commissioners to tell them your opinion about this sales tax increase.  The pro side of this issue has sent more than 2,000 emails in support of this tax increase.  We need to make sure our opinions are part of the conversation. greg.hartmann@hamilton-co.org;chris.monzel@hamilton-co.orgtodd.portune@hamilton-co.org

Opinion:  To help us do our job of providing you information, can you take this super quick survey to help give us information about how you feel about this tax: Take our quick survey about Music Hall-Union Terminal Tax Here

For more information on this issue, including the history of renovation costs for Union Terminal and Music Hall please visit http://www.empoweruohio.org/factsheet.pdf.