- $22,771,159 paid to union officers and staff — equal to $176.71 per member
- 143 union employees paid more than $70,000
- 117 union employees paid more than $100,000
- 12 union employees paid more than $150,000
- Executive Director Larry Wicks paid $208,469
- Executive Director Dennis Reardon paid $202,997
- $8,151,341 spent on benefits — less than 36% of the amount disbursed to union officers and staff
- $25,000 given to Policy Matters Ohio, a far-left Cleveland think-tank (09/23/2008)
- $10,000 sent to Colorado Education Union (10/17/2008)
- $10,000 sent to Oregon Education Union(10/27/2008)
The OEA also found $1,614,690 in the couch cushions to donate to Democrat campaigns in the 2010 cycle, according to records from the Secretary of State."
Read the whole blog article HERE.
Commentary: Please note the last two points in particular. If we truly are in a budget crisis, enough of a crisis that OUR TAXES need to be raised, maybe we should stop sending $10,000 to various out of state unions.
Commentary: The OEA is part of the larger NEA (National Education Association) how much of OEA's dues go to the NEA? What is NEA doing with that dues money?
FACT: NEA’s financial disclosure report for the 2009-10 fiscal year reveals the national union contributed more than $13 million.
Commentary : $13 Million? Donated? Surely in this time of economic hardship, where the schools are so hard up for money that they need to RAISE YOUR TAXES , they could cut back on their donations by a few thousand dollars. See if you can find some fat to trim. HERE is a complete breakdown of where that money went.
If the teachers unions are so concerned about the children, why not take a portion of this dues money and use it to fund the various programs that are on the chopping block? Put it towards hiring new teachers or building new schools. Why do they insist on raising taxes every time money is short? Is it because they believe we, the taxpayers, are a bottomless pit of revenue for all of their pet projects and causes? At some point they need to cut back on their spending just like the taxpayers do.
When we are short of money, we have to cut back on our spending. We can't vote ourselves a raise in order to pay for all the extra things we need or would like to have. The teachers union, on the other hand, seems to think that the taxpayers are an endless stream of money and that we will never or could never run out. It's like returning to a well for water again and again, thinking it an endless supply, but eventually you pull up a dry bucket. WE. ARE. BROKE. We cannot afford additional taxes, the well is dry. It is time for the unions to sacrifice just as we have. THERE IS NO MORE MONEY.
FACT: Here are some of the taxes paid by US citizens.
Accounts Receivable Tax
Accumulated Earnings Tax
Ad Valorem Tax
Affordable Care Act Tax
Alternative Minimum Tax
Aviation Fuel Tax
Building Permit Tax
Capital Gains Tax
Cement and Gypsum Producers License Tax
CDL license Tax
Coal Severance Tax
Coal Gross Proceeds Tax
Commercial Activity Tax (CAT Tax)
Consumer Counsel Tax
Corporate Franchise Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Corporate License Tax
Court Fines (indirect taxes)
Dog License Tax
Electrical Energy Producers Tax
Employee Withholding Tax
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fiduciary Income Tax
Fishing License Tax
Food Service License Tax
Fuel permit License Tax
Gas Guzzler Tax
Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax
Gross Production Tax
Health Care Tax
Horse Racing Tax
Hospital Facility Utilization Fee/Tax
Hunting License Tax
Inventory Tax (IRS Interest Charges) i.e. Tax on Taxes
IRS Penalties Tax
Kiddie Tax (yes, it's real)
Land Value Tax
Liquor License Tax
Local Income Tax
Lodging Facility Use Tax
Marriage License Tax
Metal Mines Gross Proceeds tax
Metal Mines License Tax
Miscellaneous Mineral Mines License Tax
Motor Fuel Tax
Municipal Income Tax
Natural Gas Distribution Tax
Nursing Facility Bed Tax
Oil and Natural Gas Production Tax
Parking Meter Tax
Pass-Through Entities Tax
Professional Privilege Tax
Public Service Commission Tax
Public Utility Tax
Real Estate Tax
Real Estate Transfer Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
Rental Vehicle Sales tax
Replacement Tire Fee/Tax
Resource Indemnity and Groundwater Assessment Tax
Retail Telecommunication Excise Tax
School Tax (and remember they want to take an additional 1.5% of your income)
Septic Permit Tax
Service Charge Taxes
Social Security Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Statewide Emergency Telephone 911 System Fee/Tax
Tariffs (Import Tax)
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee/Tax
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Telephone Recurring and Non-Recurring Charges Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax
TDD Telecommunications Service Fee/Tax
Tobacco Products Tax (yes, this is separate from the cigarette tax)
Toll Bridge Tax
Toll Road Tax
Toll Tunnel Tax
Trailer Registration Tax
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Wholesale Energy Transaction Tax
Workers Compensation Tax
Commentary: Only missing J, Q, X, Y and Z. Hmmm, maybe we aren't taxed enough.
FACT: It takes until April 6th in Ohio to reach 'Tax Freedom Day'. (which Ranks Ohio 28th Nationally)
Commentary: What is 'Tax Freedom Day'? If you took every penny you earn from January 1st all the way to April 6th that is the amount of tax you are paying the government. (About 1/4th of the year) You have to work all the way until April 6th, 'Tax Freedom Day', to start making ANY money for yourself. Congrats.
TaxFoundation.org has a lot more information on Ohio taxation HERE.
Commentary: But the unions are only looking out for the best interest of children, right? Let's see what former American Federation of Teachers President Albert Shanker had to say on that subject.
FACT: Albert Shanker (former President of the AFT) was quoted as saying, "When school children start paying union dues, that's when I'll start representing the interests of school children." (LINK)
Commentary: Not representing the interest of children? But the teachers union is looking out for the best interest of its members, right? Union members should definitely click HERE.
From the link: "It wasn’t about providing certainty to union members at all. Rather, it was about providing certainty to union BOSSES, who couldn’t afford to lose access to automatic extraction of dues from all of those lovely, lovely government employee paychecks...
...What do they [union members] get for a substantial net loss in pay, benefits, and security…? The privilege of continuing to pay union dues, whether they like it or not."
Commentary: But it's not just dues. The teachers union is prepared to take additional money from their members. The teachers union wants to take even more money from their members without permission. See for yourself HERE.
From the link: "Ohio Education Association executive director Larry Wicks said teachers and other unionized school personnel might be charged a one-time assessment of $50 to generate more than $5 million to fight Senate Bill 5...OEA’s members will not have a direct say in the matter. However, if the OEA assembly passes it, OEA members will be expected to pay the $50 to fund a campaign they may or may not support."
Commentary: The unions are going to take $50.00 from each teacher? Does that mean that $50.00 won't go 'to the children' now? Didn't they say we need to have our taxes raised because they needed this money for the children? Maybe Albert Shanker wasn't too far off when he said he wasn't "representing the interests of school children". Let's recap, YOUR money goes to the teacher, the teachers union takes YOUR money from the teacher and uses it for political campaigning, but then they say there isn't enough of YOUR money for the children, so they want to raise YOUR taxes. Where's the shared sacrifice again?
An article titled, "Thanks for raising my taxes-What else can I do for you?", explains this cycle.
"People who are already suffering have to suffer more so that those who are doing pretty well don't have to suffer at all. The high salaries and magnificent benefits paid to government employees are used to fund the public sector unions, which then funnel a portion of that money back to the Democrats, who vote for the pay packages of government workers. The unions function as a pass-through from the taxpayers straight to Democrats running for re-election. As a result, taxpayers are paying people to continually raise their taxes." Read the whole article HERE.
FACT: This chart shows the average pay in Ohio from 2005-2010.
FACT: People in the blue line pay the salaries of people in the red line, yellow line and green line.
Commentary: People in the red line are paid by people in the blue line. People in the yellow line are paid by people in the blue line. People in the green line are paid by people in the yellow line. (remember yellow takes money from blue) People in the yellow line want more money, but instead of telling those in the green line to not take so much from those in the yellow line they want even more from the blue line. How much longer can the blue line afford to pay the red line, yellow line and (through them) the green line? At what point is enough enough? You really expect them to stop at this tax increase? This is a tax money ponzi scheme and the taxpaying blueliners are out of money! WE. ARE. BROKE.
HERE is a link to a blog explaining the above chart in further detail.
"Estimating population from Census figures, every resident of these Montgomery County school districts would have to pay much higher taxes in 2015 to cover the deficits projected by their own school district in 2010 – just how much? Take a look…
- Huber Heights City School District: $1,273
- Northmont City School District: $1,272
- Valley View Local School District: $1,266
- Oakwood City School District: $1,249
- Northridge Local School District: $881
- Vandalia-Butler City School District: $880
- Mad River Local School District: $869
- Kettering City School District: $862
- Dayton City School District: $387
- Trotwood-Madison City School District: $383
- Centerville City School District: $311"
Read the full article HERE.
WE CANNOT AFFORD THIS! Vote NO on Issue 35!
The status quo is unsustainable, the schools have to learn to live within a budget. Don't let the Teacher's Union do to our schools what the Auto Worker's Union did to Detroit and Dayton. Why do you think NCR fled to a right to work state? What business will leave next? Even the Huber Heights Courier left Huber Heights! This cannot continue. No on 35!
FACT: Higher spending doesn't necessarily mean better results.
Let this chart sink in for a moment. Has more money helped? Can't they live within a budget without continuously raising taxes?
Commentary: But 'MORE MONEY' is always their solution. They obviously think it's much easier for the taxpayers to take an additional tax on top off all that existing burden than it would be for the teachers or schools to sacrifice in any way. Seems we already sacrifice a lot 'for the children', but they can't be bothered to sacrifice at all. In fact they're doing worse than not sacrificing at all, they are demanding that we sacrifice even more so that they don't have to sacrifice at all. This tax isn't for the children its at the expense of your children. They don't care about "The Children" at least not as much as they care about their salaries and benefits that make up 87% of the budget.
Also can we please stop with the "for the Children" lie? And that's exactly what it is - a lie. If their primary concern is "for the children", why is bussing ALWAYS the first budget cut. This action seems to indicate an extreme indifference to the health, safety and well-being of "the children'. This shows that the teachers union would rather have children walking in the dark, rain, snow or cold than make any concession at all on 87% of the budget -their salaries and benefits. They don't seem too concerned that "the children" have to walk past the homes of registered sex-offenders as a recent report on the local TV news documented. Apparently "the children" can get abducted, struck by traffic or get pneumonia, and none of that is a concern - ALL THEY WANT IS YOUR MONEY. Their actions make that point clear and this is the perception of them that will persist until cuts are made that DO NOT ENDANGER THE LIVES OF "THE CHILDREN". " The children are just props to them.
This is precisely why busses are the first thing cut. They know that you DO care about the safety and well-being of the children. This is nothing more than a thinly veiled threat - or bullying tactic. This is classic union arm-twisting, which can trace its roots back to when the Mafia went "legitimate businessmen". They'd show up at your home or business with a bunch of goons wielding baseball bats and in no uncertain terms tell you it was in your own best interest to support them. You wouldn't want to have an "accident" would you? Well fast forward a few decades and the bussing cuts make sense. "You wouldn't want anything bad to happen to the kids now would you?" "Why don't you make sure they stay safe and vote the way we're asking?" The correlation is startling.
UPDATE: Multiple sources have confirmed that even with passage of Issue 35 bussing WILL NOT be reinstated. Repeat: They WILL NOT bring back the busses EVEN IF ISSUE 35 PASSES. A recent article in the Dayton Daily News quotes "District officials said passage of the levy wouldn’t restore programs and services that have been cut or reduced".
Read the Entire article Here.
Some of you may remember that last November the teachers sent students out into the streets with signs asking to "invest in our future", a blatant political ploy that failed - because what they can't or won't understand is this is not political. THIS IS ECONOMICAL. WE. ARE. BROKE. As if that stunt wasn't enough it seems this year they are intent on breaking the law. They are using tax money and tax payer property to have "the children", or should we call them "the props", promote and sell t-shirts encouraging passage of this levy. This is not only despicable and shameful, but also illegal. However it wouldn't be the first time the fine line of illegality was walked.
Recently over $7,000 in gate receipts/concession sales from a Wayne football game went "missing". Several concerned citizens contacted the police but since they were not the "injured party" no charges could be filed and an investigation was not conducted. Apparently an investigation could only be launched if the HHCS filed a complaint, and as you can probably guess - no complaint was ever filed.
Also that nice electronic sign in front of Wayne? The Senior class raised the money to get that sign put up - over $20,000. Only one problem, sources put the cost of that sign closer to $10,000. Where is that extra $10,000? What happened to it?
Those are only two recent examples of how little regard the school district has for your money. Interestingly that $17,000 is how much they claim it costs to run the busses. Again, it's not really about "the children" is it?
While we're at it let's put an end to another of their classic lies. If you vote against the levy, you hate teachers. That is simply NOT TRUE. We have a deep appreciation and respect for the very difficult and sometimes thankless job that teachers perform. That being said however, we simply cannot afford yet another tax increase. Let's look at it like this: Imagine that taxpayers are a dog and their blood is money. Now imagine that all the separate taxes we pay are ticks. (Look at that long list of taxes above). There's the rent/mortgage tick, the electric tick, water tick, food tick, you get the idea. Now one of these ticks, the school tick begins demanding more blood from the dog. At what point do the ticks bleed the dog dry? What we are trying to do is save the dog. All they care about is saving the tick. But to expand upon this - without the blood from the dog, the tick will die, so by saving the dog we are, in reality, also working to save the tick. We see the big picture. The taxpayers are out of money and no amount of begging, demanding or threatening can change that simple truth.
The HHCS take in $68 million dollars every year. They have less than 400 employees. How in the world can they not make those numbers work? Why aren't "the children" the first ones in line for the money instead of the last? Why does it seem like there's never enough money left over for "the children"? Simple answer? Because of the teachers union.
Until these unions prove they are willing to sacrifice "for the children" and cut from their OWN salaries and benefits instead of demanding more of YOURS, they will continue to get this kind of opposition from taxpayers who have had enough.
WE. ARE. BROKE.
Maybe the school board should check the trees for money because they obviously think that's where it grows.
The school board sure is good at finding ways to spend money on special elections, large yellow signs, small red signs, white ribbons, billboards and on and on.... if only they tried as hard to SAVE MONEY. Then maybe they wouldn't need to continually ask for more taxes.
VOTE NO on ISSUE 35