Bio: Veteran, U.S. Navy SEAL. Business Owner, Francis Furniture of Celina. Ohio House Republican Majority Whip . NFIB Guardian of Small Business Recipient. Member of Holy Angels Church. NRA Member and CCW license-holder. Former Chairman, Shelby County United Way Board of Dir. Married 28 years to Tara, parents of seven children
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Bio: U.S. Military Veteran 101st Airborne Division; Member American Legion Post 217; Graduate Sidney High School 1968; Graduate USMA at West Point 1972; Engineer Sheffield Measurement in Dayton 1978-2003; Entrepreneur 2 Businesses; U.S. Representative Candidate in 2010 7th District
Answer 1: Gov. Kasich has indicated he wants a new school funding formula. What would you do to revamp school funding in Ohio?
Any funding formula needs to incorporate both state-level as well as local-level funding to help reconcile differences between wealthy and poor school districts. A unique method might be to pool local revenue sources of city income, sales tax, and property tax. Elected representatives from the local governing entities could then collectively set priorities on how this revenue was divided. Currently, schools are at a disadvantage because, unlike county sales tax and city income tax which grow with inflation, traditional school funding based on property tax does not grow with inflation. Reject HB136 as this would be detrimental to school funding.
Answer 2: What state government reforms would you support to help businesses cut their costs, red tape and regulations? Re-evaluate and eliminate all unnecessary and overly burdensome regulations that stifle the economy and wastes time and money. Encourage the use of quality improvement and problem-solving methodologies developed in the private sector to Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control problem areas, and to eliminate obsolete laws and curb needless litigation. Would specifically support SB 216 (Repeal of Alternative Energy Resource Requirements), SB 3(Reform of Public Employee Retirement Systems), and those less controversial items contained in SB 5(Reform of Local Government Public Employees) that can be consensually agreed upon.