Would you support increasing bonuses and benefits to veterans, if they had no plan to pay for them?

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In Ohio, last election, the voters passed an increase in veteran benefits.

The ballot read, “authorized the state to borrow $ 200 million to fund veteran bonuses.”

No explanation of how that debt will be paid for. No discussion of property taxes or any funding source.

It’s easy to be sympathetic to veterans so the measure passed with ease.
now look at the mess.

I’m not anti-veteran but this is just irresponsible.

Look at Ohio’s debt:
http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070311/NEWS24/703110315
5.5 billion and growing.
It’s edging closer to its debt ceiling.

The Office of Budget and Management said the state could reach its constitutional debt limit in four to five years, which would severely limit its ability to build and renovate schools, university buildings, and park facilities, let alone tackle museums, sports arenas, and other projects.

That spells trouble of Ohio’s economy.

5 Comments
  1. Reply
    Andy
    July 21, 2011 at 2:21 am

    I agree. You wouldn’t take out a loan, just to donate money to charity.

  2. Reply
    redleg
    July 21, 2011 at 3:11 am

    Lobby to get your state law changed then. They aren’t doing it to be nice..they are doing it because state law demands payment of the bonuses.

  3. Reply
    Patrick
    July 21, 2011 at 3:37 am

    Let’s both make sure we have the facts straight.

    First, the link you publicized I took the time to look at it. Its about three years old, back in 2007 so not sure if you have represented this issue in a timely manner.

    Second, unless I am blind, I could not see anything about “veteran’s bonuses”.

    Third, I have no idea what “veteran’s bonuses” are. Its your question so maybe you could elaborate. Are they “free”? Is it education bonuses? Is it a medical care bonus, what?

    Could you research your question, edit it and restate what the issue is?

  4. Reply
    Chas
    July 21, 2011 at 4:18 am

    The State of Ohio will sell bonds to pay these benefits and yes I support the bonuses. It may be a year or two before the bonuses are paid as it will take that long to raise the money.

  5. Reply
    DR.Rosen
    July 21, 2011 at 5:05 am

    Yes, I would, even though it’s a gesture, but we could mobilize the veterans to fight for funding, to reallocate priorities from Wars and bail outs. The vets should be number 1

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