May 30, 2013 Columns
In light of Memorial Day, I would like to take this opportunity to shed light on a very serious problem we are presently having in Ohio and throughout the country regarding the amount of time our veterans are forced to wait to receive the medical benefits they need. It has come to my attention that many veterans are waiting over a year for their disability claims to be processed by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and that is inexcusable.
May 23, 2013 Columns
In the wake of the recent tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, it is important that we all take time to reflect on this tragedy. While the city of Moore begins to rebuild, Americans rally together to bring supplies and prayers to those affected by the tornado.
May 16, 2013 Columns
One of the primary reasons our Constitution and form of government have survived for more than 200 years has been our nation’s ardent belief that politicians and bureaucrats must be held accountable for their actions. As Abraham Lincoln remarked in his Gettysburg Address, Americans must ensure that “government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
May 9, 2013 Columns
The House of Representatives considered the “Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013” (H.R. 1406). This bill amends the Fair Labor Standards Act to allow employers and employees within the private sector the ability to choose between paid time off or overtime pay.
May 2, 2013 Columns
According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Monthly Budget Review that was released in April, the federal government ran a budget deficit of $601 billion in the first half of fiscal year 2013. CBO estimates that is $178 billion less than the loss recorded for the same time last year. Revenues are up 12% in the first half of 2013, with a 4-1 ratio of revenue to spending. This clearly illustrates that Washington does not have a revenue problem. Washington has a spending problem.
April 25, 2013 Columns
You may have seen the news this week concerning the 40% of flights that have been delayed throughout the country. This air traffic jam is a direct result of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) furloughing air traffic controllers in response to the sequester recently implemented out of Washington for federal spending. The sequester called for a 5% cut to the FAA. That’s it – 5%.
April 18, 2013 Columns
Earlier this month, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that they mistakenly released personal information of thousands of farmers to environmental groups in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. This breach of confidentiality resulted from the agencies desire to appease environmentalists, and I am appalled that the EPA would be so careless with the personal information of these hardworking farmers.
April 11, 2013 Columns
With ‘tax day’ looming, I want to take this opportunity to address the vital need for reasonable tax reform in this country. The complexity of the tax code is a very serious problem facing taxpayers.
April 4, 2013 Columns
This week, I had the opportunity to tour several facilities, both private and public, in Avon with Mayor Jim Smith. It gave me great insight into how a local government understands its priorities, opportunities and challenges much better than any bureaucrat or agency in Washington.
March 28, 2013 Columns
Since the founding of America and the adoption of the U.S. Constitution, the federal government has played an important role in constructing transportation infrastructure. Federal investment in transportation infrastructure is what keeps the United States united. With two centuries of effort, our nation has been able to enjoy the most advanced, efficient transportation system in the world, and it is vital to our global competitiveness. The benefits of the system are real – but so are the challenges.