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LWV Greene County Candidates Forum – Tues, Oct 9th, 7-9:30pm – Beavercreek, Ohio

League of Women Voters Greene County Candidates Forum

Come hear directly from the candidates themselves!

This forum will include candidates for Greene County Commissioner, Greene County Clerk of Courts, and Ohio House Districts 73 and 74.

Kim will be participating, and talking with voters about her plans and vision for how we can put people first in our state and local politics.

The event is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018
7 PM – 9:30 PM

Beavercreeek Fire Station 61
2195 Dayton-Xenia Road.
Beavercreek, Ohio 45434

Kim McCarthy Endorses Ohio’s County Commissioners Plan

Kim McCarthy announced her support for Ohio’s county governments today by delivering a letter to the Greene County Commissioners endorsing the County Commissioners Association of Ohio (CCAO) policy statement, “Stronger Counties. Stronger Partnership. Stronger Ohio.”

According to McCarthy and the CCAO, the enormous and continuing cutbacks to county funding by the state have had a profound negative effect on the quality and availability of vital services in Greene County, and in counties across the state.

“This is not a partisan issue,” said McCarthy. “I’m determined to work beyond partisan divides to serve the real needs of the people of Greene County in the Ohio Statehouse McCarthy is not concerned that the board consists entirely of officials who are Republicans. This is important work, and party affiliations have to be set aside to accomplish what the people of Ohio need.  This is about working together for our communities, regardless of party.”

Kim McCarthy has actively monitored the functioning of the Greene County board of commissioners, attending its meetings and participating in public comment on issues relevant to Greene County residents, as well as issues before the board. She observed that county governments were not being properly funded. “I became aware of this problem through my involvement with the Greene County Commission over the years, and this was one of the things that inspired me to run for the state legislature,” said McCarthy.

When the CCAO issued its policy statement, the statement made it clear that local issues being confronted by those in Greene County were similar to those being confronted by counties all across the state. “The state’s revenue policy decisions, coupled with our growing costs, have created an environment where many counties have had to deplete reserves, delay capital projects and struggle to provide the services that Ohioans need. In many instances, while the state was cutting taxes, counties were forced to raise taxes to continue their state mandated functions,” said CCAO First Vice President Julie Ehemann. The mandates Ehemann refers to include schools, policing, and infrastructure. The state legislature has repeatedly acted to cripple county functioning, by reducing or ending taxes that affect the very wealthiest Ohioans, leading to a greater burden for the middle class.

In 2017, state lawmakers passed a $7.8 billion transportation bill with no funding designated for local governments. Although state funding to counties reduced some in the wake of the bursting housing bubble and ensuing market crash of 2008, The CCAO’s report shows that beginning in 2011, support for counties was reduced drastically, falling to less than half of what it had been in the previous decade. These cuts forced counties and municipalities to seek revenue from county sales taxes and steep hikes in local property taxes. More than half of Ohio’s counties have increased sales taxes to the maximum amount that Ohio allows counties to charge, 1.5 percent, on top of what the state of Ohio already charges. These are regressive taxes that weigh heaviest on those least able to afford them.

The unjust property tax-based school funding system in Ohio has long ago been declared unconstitutional by our state’s Supreme Court.The wealthiest regions suffer financially from this systemic neglect, but middle class and poor communities suffer even more harshly from it. Despite the constitutional requirement to reform, those in Columbus have left local school districts to fend for themselves by asking for more property tax money from local residents.

Outgoing Governor John Kasich has made clear that the state government will not disburse money from Ohio’s massive nine-figure budget surplus to local governments. We urge Governor Kasich to reconsider this stance, and offer some of the people’s money back to local and county governments, so that they can serve the needs of the people of Ohio.

Cities and counties have had drastic funding cuts from the state, and are struggling to maintain decent services for the people in Ohio’s communities. Some of our streets and roads are reminiscent of those in eastern Europe during the Soviet era. Schools are using ancient textbooks in some places, and asking financially pressed families to bear the burden of contributing out-of-pocket for classroom supplies. This flight from responsibility by the state is especially galling in light of the Ohio’s current fiscal situation.

“The state has a rainy day fund in excess of 2.7 billion dollars. Well, it’s raining hard right now on Ohio’s municipalities, particularly with the strain from the ongoing opioid crisis and urgent infrastructure needs. When I get to Columbus, I’ll work to see the state return this taxpayer money to Ohio’s counties. This kind of negligence by the state has to end,” McCarthy said.

Read The Original CCAO Announcement

Read The CCAO Report, “Stronger Counties. Stronger Partnership. Stronger Ohio”

Helping Our Military Spouses Help Teach Our Children

My campaign recently provided the following story to some of our local press, in regards to my conversations with some of our local educators, many of whom whose skills and talents are being misdirected, or in cases like this, wastefully neglected. And I’m finding this sadly most common among some of our military personnel serving here at Wright-Patterson AFB.

For me, supporting the military, at the state level, means supporting the needs and capabilities of the *entire* family of our service personnel. Though the state does not have jurisdiction over the military, we *do* have the ability to help provide for the needs of these families, and especially when the fulfillment of those needs benefit all of us here, especially our children and their education.

No story better spotlights this truth than that of Bri McKinnon and her family. When I’m in the Statehouse, she and those like her will know that I’m there to help change this situation. I want to help make it possible for them to not only secure employment to supplement their family income, but to help make it possible for them to fulfill their calling of service to others as well. This is what supporting our service personnel is really about.

Kim McCarthy, candidate for State Representative in Ohio District 73, met with military spouses in effort to assist overcoming ‘red tape’ to help family financial burden

“Sorry, there is nothing I can do for you.”

This is what Bri McKinnon, wife of 2nd Lieutenant Monte McKinnon at WPAFB, has heard more times than she can count.

McKinnon, 26, is a teacher nearing her completion of a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Washington University. Her resume and experience are stellar, but her desire to teach special-needs children goes well beyond her educational background.

“I am on fire for Special Education. I do not say that lightly. I am ON FIRE. The thought that I could have the ability to influence, protect, guide, and love someone into being the best possible versions of themselves speaks to my heart. I have a passion for Title Schools because kids in these type of districts generally need the most help,” said McKinnon.

In fact, McKinnon said that the Fairborn School District basically hired her on the spot when she applied there, as they were trying to fill ten open positions for special education teachers.

One teensy little problem: McKinnon found out that in order to get the job she would have to take a lengthy college class and state exams that together cost in excess of $3,000.

The time involved, plus the fees for exams, meant for McKinnon that neither time nor money was on her side. Military families often live a life of moving base-to-base, state-to-state. That transience, complicated by limited income (many families use federal food stamps to make ends meet*), makes gaining temporary employment unrealistic, even if one is extremely qualified and motivated.

Kim McCarthy, candidate for State Representative in Ohio District 73, recently met with McKinnon and several other military spouses from WPAFB, in an outreach initiative to various groups in her district, in order to hear directly from her prospective constituents about their specific needs. Help with employment red tape was at the top of their list. McCarthy recorded their concerns and said, “Ohio should be offering military spouses an exemption from Ohio’s standard requirements, so long as they can prove that they have the qualifications from another state to do the job.”

McCarthy said if she is elected she will work toward an amicable agreement that both keeps our education system filled with the best possible teachers while considering the needs of military spouses and helps to work toward the better good of Ohio students.

McKinnon made it clear she is not looking for special treatment. Rather, she wants an affordable vetting system that addresses the specific needs of military spouses that equals that of permanent Ohio residents. She used the state of California, her family’s next likely move, as an example. “We literally have to take a free quiz about California to show we know some relevant information about the state and pay $50 and we get a license.”

“I am absolutely devastated at what military wives have to go through. We are being punished for serving our country,” said McKinnon about Ohio’s laws. “I am more than willing to jump 110% into (a school district that has vacancies for special-ed teachers).

McCarthy vowed to address the employment red tape for military spouses if elected State Representative for Ohio District 73. “Our children are suffering and not getting the education they need in order to be successful, while dedicated and passionate teachers are sitting at home because of red tape. This needs to change, and I plan to make it a priority if I’m elected.”