TIFFIN, OH (TiffinOhio.net News) — Summer break for the Ohio Statehouse should have started by now. But despite controlling the governor’s office & both Statehouse chambers (with SUPER MAJORITIES), GOP leaders couldn’t agree on a final budget bill.
State lawmakers failed this weekend to meet a statutory deadline for agreement on a two-year operating budget for Ohio for the first time since 2009.
The state budget, however, is at the bottom of the priorities list for State Rep. Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin), who announced his candidacy for Ohio Senate a few months ago.
Reineke is slated to host a “Friends of Bill Reineke Outing,” a high-dollar fundraiser, on Monday, July 15. Reineke and his team have been spending the past week or so making sure this fundraiser is a success.
While Reineke is notorious for avoiding contact with his constituents and has never held a town hall, the 64-year-old car dealership tycoon is excited for this opportunity to raise some big-time cash for his campaign.
“Join us for a day of golf at Mohawk Country Club, a Donald Ross design,” Reineke said in an email to donors.
According to a flyer from Reineke’s campaign website, the top sponsorship level for attendees at the event is $2,500. Prices then fluctuate to $1,500, $750, $500, $250, and $150, among other options you can “add-on.”
Reineke’s top-dollar fundraiser comes as the Ohio GOP begins to deal with the political fallout from this embarrassment — not being able to pass a budget by a deadline with super-majorities in both legislative houses.
In a late night session peppered with disappointment and harsh words, the Senate voted unanimously Saturday in favor of the interim measures to extend state operations as well as the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. The House followed suit on Sunday.
“While I am disappointed that the budget process has extended beyond July 1, I want assure all Ohioans that state services will not be interrupted in any way,” DeWine said in a statement in which he prodded lawmakers to get back to the bargaining table.
The Republican-dominated General Assembly, working with a slate of all-Republican statewide executive officeholders, became the third group to fail to produce a budget on time during the past 28 years. It was, critics and Democrats pointed out, a political embarrassment.
Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper had this to say: “Tonight’s vote demonstrates a level of dysfunction and dereliction of duty that would get most working Ohioans sent to the unemployment line. As GOP legislative leaders have traded barbs and made excuses, Gov. Mike DeWine hasn’t been able to get his own party in line and deliver an on-time budget. That’s an abysmal failure of leadership.”
Attempts to reach Reineke’s campaign for comment were unsuccessful.