The Ohio Lottery was promoted as the answer to Ohio school problems, but once it was passed was transferred to the General Fund and schools get only a few dollars.
Tobacco lawsuit funds were collected to be spent in preventing our adults and children from the harmful addiction of tobacco, and they were switched to pay for E-Check.
"Vote for four casinos in Ohio to fund schools, etc." suddenly exploded into "save racetracks with slot machines" to storefront gambling, resulting in addiction, destroying people, families and businesses and making news as the new addiction and a major problem.
The Ohio Supreme Court ruled that gas taxes could only go for roads and bridges, and the part going to schools had to stop. I wonder how many school buses use fuel?
Consider this solution to most of Ohio's problems: Tax at the wellhead the wells producing products by cracking shale. Several states do it, and Texas leads with a tax of over 7 percent.
The gas and oil boys did a job on the Ohio Department of Natural Resources convincing them to give them everything they asked for. So fracking is a done deal, and that's not going to change. Instead of fighting fracking, we need to tax it at the wellhead. That will make some howl. Let them howl.
If Governor Kasich has any fortitude, he will get this done. Part of this tax should go to schools along with enough to fix up our roads being destroyed by this new energy source.
Natural gas is around $3.80 per 1,000 cubic feet, but in Japan it can go for almost $10. Do you really think that export market will be turned down for local manufacturing and production jobs?
Governor Kasich, if you want to do your job as governor, tax the frackers. It will take a tough man to do this, but it's what needs to be done.
Charlie Beckwith, Kent