I'm appalled by state Rep. Craig Newbold's willingness to waste $16-million of Ohio taxpayers' funds and yet cut the funding for our local schools and children.
Just recently Newbold voted in favor of having dual primaries which will cost Columbiana County residents $75,000 and $16 million statewide. This is an absolute waste of taxpayers' money especially when you consider Newbold also voted in favor of cutting funding for Ohio education which dramatically affects our local children.
Newbold's vote to cut education funding resulted in our 11 local school districts losing nearly $400,000 each (Morning Journal, August 21). Because of these cuts Rogers Elementary may have to close its doors permanently. To add insult to injury Newbold recently attended a Beaver Local Board of Education meeting and presented Rogers Elementary with a certificate of excellence in education after he cut their funding. Where's the representation Newbold is supposed to provide to local constituents?
The recent Issue 2 debate to repeal SB-5, which Newbold also supported, had nothing to do with cutting the deficit and creating jobs, but among other things it underscored the Kasich plan to allow the privatizing of Ohio taxpayer assets including highways, prisons, the lottery and education.
As a Republican and Ohio resident I'm opposed to this power grab which will never benefit our local interests. Relative to education, I would encourage readers to visit the website www.followthemoney.org. There you can see how much money was contributed to elected officials of both parties. The fact is, every Republican senator on the Ohio Senate Insurance, Commerce and Labor Committee; the Ohio Secretary of State; Ohio Attorney General and Gov. Kasich have taken substantial amounts of cash from White Hat Management which is listed on the website under the name of BRENNAN, ANN AMER. Located in Akron, White Hat Management is the largest for-profit charter school in Ohio and has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to Republican lawmakers.
So is this a bad thing especially in light of upcoming House Bill 136 and its statewide voucher proposal? To answer that question Google "White Hat Management Corruption" and then draw your own conclusion. And let's not forget about Representative Newbold, who by the way owns and operates his own private schools in East Liverpool and Salem - Newbold Technical Institute. It's no small coincidence Newbold happens to also be vice chair of the Ohio Education Committee. Of course Newbold voted to slash funding to our local schools and children, not doing so would have been bad for business. Conflict of interest and at whose expense? Just follow the money.