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Should John Boehner be Speaker of the House?

Should Boehner be speakerThe vote for the Speaker of the House is this Tuesday. Learn more about the process of the Speaker vote here, from our friends at Heritage Foundation.

The current Speaker of the House, John Boehner, is again asking his colleagues in the House of Representatives to elect him as Speaker. Congressman John Boehner wants to ‘Speak’ for the Republicans in the House.

There are some in the Republican Party who oppose Congressman Boehner’s leadership. Congressman Massie from Northern Kentucky has stood up to say that he will not be voting for Congressman Boehner in the Speaker vote.

There are many people in Congressman Boehner’s district and around the nation who have been disappointed in his leadership as Speaker. If you are one of those people who are disappointed, you can make your views known to your Congressman. Or if Boehner is your Congressman, you can call other Congressman and let them know of your disappointment.

Let your Congressman know that you want them to vote for a Speaker that works toward fiscal responsibility.

Representatives will be in DC on Monday, but feel free to call both offices on Monday.

Congressman Brad Wenstrup
DC Office: 202-225-3164
Local Office: (513) 474-7777

Congressman Steve Chabot
DC Office: 202-225-2216
Local Office: (513) 684-2723

Congressman Jim Jordan
DC Office: (202) 225-2676
Local Office: (419) 999-6455

If the staffer on the other end of the phone asks, ‘What do you have against Congressman Boehner?’ give them the reasons, so eloquently put, from Congressman Thomas Massie.

From Congressman Massie, “For years I watched Washington from afar and suspected that something was broken. Why is it that so many people approve of their congressman, yet they consistently disapprove of Congress? During my first two years as a congressman I discovered a significant source of the dysfunction. I watched the House Leadership:

* Schedule a fiscal crisis in a lame duck session on the last legislative day before Christmas to get maximum leverage over rank and file members,

* Mislead members into thinking that a vote on an unpopular bill was postponed, only to then conduct a rushed voice vote on the $10 billion unfunded spending measure with fewer than a dozen members present,

* Give members less than 72 hours to read bills over 1,000 pages long, and

* Remove members from committees simply because they voted for the principles upon which they campaigned.

More from Congressman Massie, “With a process this broken, is it any wonder that Washington no longer works for the people? My constituents expect better and America deserves better. On January 6th, 2015, I will vote for a new Speaker who will consistently articulate a constitutional vision for America and facilitate an inclusive and orderly legislative process that allows Congress to truly reflect the will of the people.”

Let’s start 2015 with a push toward a more fiscally conservative country.

Ohio Citizens PAC Endorsements

Ohio Citizens PAC gave its endorsement to candidates for the November election. Cincinnati Tea Party fully supports the efforts of Tom Z and the Ohio Citizens PAC.  The endorsements are posted on their website at http://ohiocitizenspac.forohio.com/.   The site has a PDF printable version.

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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.

Talking Central Committee with 55KRC’s Brian Thomas

microphoneWednesday, a few of us appeared on the 550KRC morning show with Brian Thomas to talk about our recent successes with citizens taking back the political parties through central committee. On hand were Ohio Precinct Project co-founder, Rick Herron; newly elected “tea party” Warren County Republican Party Chairman, Ray Warrick; and Libertas Project Board Member, John Stevenot. […]

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