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Make this house OUR home!

Our State is what we make of it - let's make it ours,
and not the special interests!

a Better Ohio,

 Empowers Ohioans

We can all play a part in reforming the State of Ohio government. It doesn't take much to discuss this platform with family and friends, to share and like on social media, and to volunteer to help with our various ballot initiatives and platform plank campaigns.

This platform is divided into five core areas that replicate how most any structure is built. Remember, we are not just building a house, we are building a home. The priority is the foundation and the job is not done until the roof is on and the building is protected. We need to get to everything completed but we can't fix everything all at once. We need to start with the foundation first.

Build on a good foundation

Add Recall Provision for the Governor and Justices

We advocate for the passage of legislation that requires an annual vote of confidence. And, if more voters have no-confidence in an officeholder, than are confident of the officeholder. And, if there are more no-confidence votes than the officeholder received in the last election. Then the officeholder would be removed from the office.

Checking the Emergency powers of the Department of Health

We advocate for passage of legislation that if any of our state representatives powers are being abridged for more than 14 days during a public health emergency that Ohioans shall have no duty to pay state taxes. The premise of "no taxation without representation" applies.

Binding None of the Above Legislation for Primary Elections

We advocate for passage of legislation that would place the option on all primary ballots for State officeholder races and some county offices and judges - the choice of: "None of the Above." If the "None of the Above" option garners the most votes, it will trigger a special election in 90 days. Those candidates that lost to the "None of the Above" option may not compete in the special election.

Require Voter Photo Identification

We advocate for the passage of legislation that requires a state-issued photo identification card to vote. These identification cards would be issued free of charge for those living at or below the poverty line.

Anonymous Ballot Receipts

Amend the Ohio Constitution to allow all electors to get an anonymous serialized receipt of how they voted. After the polls close, they can check online to see if their votes tally correctly.

Voter Participation Mapping

When a person votes, a pin is dropped on an electronic map of where they reside. This voter participation map makes it easy for watchdog organizations to audit for voter fraud. For instance, they can see if 20 people claimed to live in a two-bedroom home and voted, or if people are claiming their residence and the address ends up being an empty lot or commercial building.

County and State Central Committees cannot fund Committee-person Candidate Campaign Races

The will of the people is subverted by the "establishment" using party funds to elect central committee members. The establishment maintains its power in an exceptionally unethical manner when it uses funds destined for candidates in political races to shape its membership. In this way, the establishment can unnaturally develop the party and thereby the policy of the state. We advocate for legislation that would prevent any political party from giving funds or assistance of any type to central committee members campaign for election or re-election.

Creation of County Central Committee at-Large Seats for unrepresented districts

Many Central Committees do not fill all of their precinct seats. These empty seats leave many party members without representation on the County Central Committee. We advocate for legislation that would allow Central Committees to elect up to six at-large members that the County Central Committee would assign empty precinct seats along with that precinct's voting authority. So if an at-large member were assigned six empty precinct seats, their vote on County Central Committee would count as six votes.

County Central Committee member must make contact information publicly Available

County Central Committee members are to represent the will of the registered party members in their respective precincts. There are many County Central Committee members unavailable to their constituents, and the only way they have to contact members is through postal mail. We advocate for legislation that County Central Committee members must maintain a publicly available and active email address and phone number to retain their seats.

Move to a Part Time Legislature

We advocate for a legislature that both chambers can meet physically at the State Capital no more than 40 times per year, and they may only meet on Saturday or Sundays. The legislature is free to meet electronically (by video conference) weekly from 5 pm to 9 pm. The intent is to allow greater participation by the working public and keep legislators in their home districts more.

Changing the Way Things Work

Performance Based Pay for Legislators and State Officers

We advocate for legislation that would trigger bonus pay for legislators. Bonus Pay gives legislators an incentive to do the right thing. The bonus is predicated on unemployment falling below a pre-determined threshold and Gross Domestic Product for Ohio rising above a pre-determined threshold.

Change Ohio House Districts

Ohio House Districts are complicated and fraught with political parties drawing lines in their best interests. They wind-up being partial counties, and the lines get redrawn every ten years. Let's keep it simple and permanent. We advocate for tying each Ohio State House Rep seat to a county. This simplification will reduce the number of State Representatives from 99 to 88.

Weighted Voting for House Members

The House of Representatives represents the population. And, the Senate represents an area. We advocate keeping the number of officeholders of the House of Representative's constant and giving them a weighted vote based on population. Weighted voting based on population keeps things simple and takes the politics out of redrawing districts. Weighted voting would eliminate gerrymandered districts.

Each State Representative has one vote for the first 0-250,000 in population, and one vote for every 250,000 in population after that.

Franklin County would get five votes, Cuyahoga County would get four votes, Hamilton County would get three votes, Summit and Montgomery Counties would get two votes each, and the rest of the Ohio counties would get one vote each.

Change Ohio Senate Districts

We advocate for expanding Ohio Senate Districts from 33 to 44. Every Senator would represent two contiguous Counties in Ohio. This simplification stops gerrymandering and makes it easy for people to determine who their Senator is.

State Electoral College for State Officers

It was good enough for the Founding Fathers to put it into the United States Constitution. It should be good enough for us to put it in the Ohio Constitution.

A State electoral college would dampen the influence of high population counties and give lower population counties a more significant voice.

In this proposal, every race for a State officer is through an electoral college. Each county is a winner-take-all county. Each county casts one ballot for the first 0-250,000 in population and one ballot for every 250,000 in population after that.

Example: Franklin County would cast five ballots, Cuyahoga County would cast four ballots, Hamilton County would cast three ballots, Summit and Montgomery Counties would cast two ballots each, and the rest of the Ohio counties would cast one ballot each.

Creation of State Engineering Commission

Ohio has lawyers and policy wonks managing its natural resources. Many professionals believe they are doing a spectacularly poor job. Like Texas, Ohio is rich in natural resources - mainly natural gas and coal. In Texas, the Texas Railroad Commission is in charge of managing the state's resources and getting the most value for Texans. Ohio needs a similar commission to regulate the oil and gas industry, gas utilities, pipeline safety, safety in the liquefied petroleum gas industry, rare earth element mining, and surface coal and uranium mining.

We advocate for a three-person commission - statewide popularly elected positions patterned after the Texas Railroad Commission.

Creation of a K-12 Board of Education

We advocate for a board of education that has one representative from each county that is popularly elected. These positions would pay a minimal stipend. These 88 board representatives would represent all schools in their respective counties and homeschoolers. The board would be required to elect officers that would run the day-to-day operations of the Board of Education.

The board may only meet in Columbus four times per year on a Saturday or Sunday. The board may meet electronically (Video Conferencing) as needed after 5 pm and before 10 pm on weekdays. These hours allow maximum participation by the working class.

Creation of State Apellate and Common Pleas Judges At-Large

The visiting judge program created by the Ohio Supreme Court has been fraught with absurd predicaments that reduce Ohioan's confidence in the legal system. Visting judges are typically retired judges that are not popularly elected to hold office. They fill in when a judge recuses themself from a case due to a conflict of interest or something that would appear improper. Instead of hiring retired judges, Ohio should have at least six at-large judges that are popularly elected to fill in when a judge recuses themself.

Creation of State Prosecutor At-Large

The "Special Prosecutor" program is fraught with even more scandal than the Ohio "Visiting Judge" program. Special prosecutors are supposed to be assigned to a case when the regular prosecutor has a conflict of interest. Most Special Prosecutors are practicing lawyers or retired prosecutors. Some regular prosecutors impose their will by shopping for special prosecutors who will do their bidding and pursue a case on how they would pursue it. When this happens, the conflict of interest has not improved with the special prosecutor's appointment. Most Ohioans agree this happens way too often. Ohio should have a pool of at least ten statewide popularly elected special prosecutors to fill in when a prosecutor recuses themself.

Guardian Ad Litem Reform

Every year thousands of Ohio families are harmed by the Ohio Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) system. High-conflict divorces involving custody disputes are the most difficult of all, leaving many families financially ruined and mentally scarred. The only winners are the lawyers. If you are impoverished and cannot afford attorney fees and your former mate can, you may never see your children again. Many men and women are using the court system as a way to menace their previous mates.

GALs are not mental health professionals and have only had minimal training. While there are many good GALs out there, there are many who consistently make poor recommendations based on a lack of education.

We need to resolve family disputes much more quickly and reduce the mental and financial harm to the family. We advocate expanding the GAL system to three types of GALs. Investigator, Evaluator, and Advocate. A GAL investigator is a specially trained law-enforcement investigator who works for a forensic psychologist (the GAL evaluator.) The investigator collects information and looks into family squabbles and accusations. The investigator turns their data over to the GAL evaluator, who will also interview the family and evaluate their mental condition. The GAL evaluator will work with the GAL advocate (a lawyer) to prepare the court case and resolve the family conflict and mental health issues as quickly as possible.

All GALs would be paid for by the State - making it cheaper and quicker to get through a high-conflict divorce and custody battle.

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Lower and Predictable Taxes

We advocate for ending Ohio's income tax and property tax. Income tax is a penalty on the successful, and we should be encouraging and not discouraging the pursuit of success. Recurring property tax is a form of theft. Theft occurs when there is a home foreclosure for failure to pay property tax. You never truly own your home in Ohio. You are only paying rent to the state. We advocate for a Constitutionally limited maximum of 2% sales tax (consumption tax). We support a constitutionally combined limit on sales tax (County and State) not to exceed 10%.

We advocate putting a low severance taxes on natural resources to the equivalent of Texas and Florida's Severance taxes and limiting them constitutionally.

Additional taxes would come from:

1) A constitutionally limited maximum flat 2% payroll tax for the state and 2% payroll tax for municipal corporations and townships.
2) Taxing property and casualty insurance premiums for education
3) A constitutionally limited one-time sales tax on property not to exceed 10%
4) Sales tax on over-the-counter medicine
5) Sin Tax on "free" pornography equivalent to $.25 per minute for streaming video and $5 each for print
6) A 1,200% tax on the street value of illegal drugs
7) A tax on human-trafficking
7) A sales tax on all fuel crops

Please make no mistake that Ohio would have reduced revenues and would have to grow its economy and simultaneously reduce its spending.

Casino Gaming Reform

We advocate for a system of free-market gaming for Ohio. Ohio would keep in place the agreements with current Casinos. Under this proposal, the creation of a Free-Market class of Casino occurs. Ohio Counties would vote on whether to allow gaming in their county or not. Winnings at these Free-Market Casinos are not taxed. There would be an entry-tax to these Casinos that would be constitutionally limited to be no more than four times the state's hourly minimum wage and no less than twice the state's hourly minimum wage. This entry tax would be devoted to education.

Alcohol Tax Reform

We advocate ending the State monopoly on liquor sales. Ohio would end its excise tax on beer and wine; regular sales taxes would apply to these products. For hard liquor, a regular sales tax would apply plus a $5 excise tax per gallon.

Alcohol Age of Consumption Reform

We advocate for modifying the age of consumption laws. Those that are 18, 19, and 20 years old may purchase a consumption license. This change would allow the license-holder to stay overnight at an Ohio resort and surrender their car keys to an agent of the resort, if they have a driver's license, to consume alcohol on-premises. Ohio colleges and Universities may have cantinas on-campus that 18, 19, and 20-year-olds may legally drink at upon surrendering their car keys. This change would greatly expand Ohio tourism and provide a benefit to Ohio colleges and universities. Judges and deans of their respective institutions of higher learning may suspend these licenses.

War on Opioids Reform

We advocate for a 1,200% tax on the street value of all illegal drugs. This tax makes it easier and quicker to confiscate the assets of illicit drug users and drug dealers. When arrested with illegal drugs or illegal drugs are found in your possession, and you cannot prove that you have paid tax on those drugs, you are responsible for paying the tax. We advocate for first-time, second-, and third-time programs where the tax is forgiven if the offender goes through rehabilitative substance abuse counseling and that the offender cooperates with law enforcement to identify their supplier if their cooperation leads to an arrest and conviction of their supplier their record will automatically be expunged.

We advocate for Ohio to working with business and insurance companies to place bounties on illegal drug dealers.

We advocate for enhanced sentencing for illegal drug dealers trafficking methamphetamines, heroin, fentanyl, and carfentanyl.

We advocated for enhanced sentencing for nurse practitioners, medical doctors, and dentists who have been prescribing opioids irresponsibly.

We advocate for the repeal of laws that make it difficult for doctors and patients who do not abuse opioids to access them.

War on Human-Trafficking

We advocate for a minimum tax per human on human-trafficking. This tax would be equal to 2,500 times Ohio's minimum hourly wage rate. If you are arrested on human-trafficking charges and cannot prove that you have paid this tax, you will be responsible for paying this tax. This tax makes it much easier to confiscate the assets of human-traffickers.

War on Gang Activity

We advocate for enhanced sentencing and enhanced penalties for gang-related crime.

Prison Reform - Voluntary Work to an Early Release

We advocate for all non-violent offenders that their period of incarceration be reduced by 30% if they voluntarily participate in a "work towards release" program. Non-violent prisoners that work and complete their work-towards-release programs will have their records expunged upon release.

We advocate for all violent offenders, a voluntary "work towards benefits program." A work towards benefits program would allow a prisoner more amenities (better bed, better food, a television in the cell) while incarcerated.

We advocate for setting a maximum wage for the incarcerated to half of Ohio's minimum wage. Prisoners would be required to bank 80% of earnings, and those earnings would be available to them upon release. A prisoner incarcerated for five years earning a maximum wage, working a 40 hour week, could be released with as much as $30,000. These earnings would make it much less likely for them to re-offend as they would have the resources to pay for their shelter and transportation upon exiting prison. These circumstances would make it much more suitable for these individuals to find a job.

Work release programs help to reduce the cost of incarceration to the Ohio taxpayer radically. These programs are always voluntary and should not be construed as indentured servitude or a form of slavery.

Probation Reform

We advocate for the elimination of probation. If a person is not rehabilitated or reformed, they should not be released, and we should re-examine sentencing guidelines. We are in favor of the sentiment "that if you have done the crime, you do the time." If a judge wants to give a more lenient sentence, they can opt for community service sentencing and expungement of their crime afterward. There are many alternative options to probation that judges have at their disposal.

Constitutional Carry

We advocate for Constitutional carry and do not believe that you need a license from the state to carry a firearm. Property owners still have the freedom to ban guns on their property under Constitutional Carry.

Community Emergency Response Teams

We believe that all Ohioans want to live in safe communities. We believe that there are special Ohioans that will volunteer to help in a crisis. Many of these volunteers need the training to be effective in helping their community. CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams) training is for Riot Control, Disaster Response, and Basic Medical and Lifesaving training. The State of Ohio would purchase life-saving equipment and less-than-lethal riot-control equipment to be housed a facility specified by the local county sheriff. The respective county sheriff would only activate CERT teams in response to a natural or human-made disaster or to answer potentially violent protests. Each trained and accredited CERT is granted qualified immunity when activated and acting as law enforcement agents.

Because CERTS live in the community, they can respond much faster than the national guard. A CERT presence can act as a deterrent and help to deter violence.

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Eliminate Income and Property Tax

We advocate for ending Ohio's income tax and property tax. Income tax is a penalty on the successful, and we should be encouraging and not discouraging the pursuit of success. Recurring property tax is a form of theft. Theft occurs when there is a home foreclosure for failure to pay property tax. You never truly own your home in Ohio. You are only paying rent to the state. We advocate for a Constitutionally limited maximum of 2% sales tax (consumption tax). We support a constitutionally combined limit on sales tax (County and State) not to exceed 10%.

We advocate putting a low severance taxes on natural resources to the equivalent of Texas and Florida's Severance taxes and limiting them constitutionally.

Additional taxes would come from:

1) A constitutionally limited maximum flat 2% payroll tax for the state and 2% payroll tax for municipal corporations and townships.
2) Taxing property and casualty insurance premiums for education
3) A constitutionally limited one-time sales tax on property not to exceed 10%
4) Sales tax on over-the-counter medicine
5) Sin Tax on "free" pornography equivalent to $.25 per minute for streaming video and $5 each for print
6) A 1,200% tax on the street value of illegal drugs
7) A tax on human-trafficking
7) A sales tax on all fuel crops

Please make no mistake that Ohio would have reduced revenues and would have to grow its economy and simultaneously reduce its spending.

Better Roads

We advocate for prison reform and voluntary work release programs. For violent offenses, we still want these offenders to have the option to work to benefit themselves and reduce their burden to society.

Super-slab and paver roads tend to last longer in the Ohio climate. Super-slabs are large sections of roadways that are made of concrete and delivered to the job site by truck. Super-slabs are manufactured under controlled conditions and cure better than poured in place slabs of concrete. These slabs can be pre-stressed and tend to be stronger and more robust than poured-in-place concrete. It is much faster to build a road from super-slabs than pour in place roads.

The proposal is simple, allow violent prisoners to volunteer to work in secure concrete production infrastructure facilities that produce specific products for the state of Ohio. Will this cost jobs in the private sector? No. Private contractors would still rip out existing roads, grade and prepare the road base in preparation of the slab. They would install the Super-slab that was manufactured by prisoners, and then they would apply a sacrificial layer of blacktop on top of the Super-slab. While some concrete pour-in-place jobs are displaced, due to the pace at which Super-slabs can be installed, more jobs will be created in the private sector. Ohioans will pay less for roads over time, and more roadways are repaired every year.

Better Ports and Harbors

We advocate for breaking from the Great Lakes Compact as it no longer operates in the Ohioans' best interest. Ohio's ports and harbors need a massive amount of work that is not completed due to the Great Lakes Compact. Failure o maintain our ports is a problem that is not going to get any better and cost Ohioans more and more jobs every year. We advocate building artificial reefs and islands in Lake Erie that would be protected wildlife sanctuaries. Once these artificial reefs and islands are made, and habitats established, Ohio can then start properly dredging its ports and harbors.

Will the environment suffer?

Yes, it will - but ideally, the wildlife sanctuaries will offset the temporary damage done to the environment and wildlife.

We advocate for Ohio promoting the expansion of the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Sault St. Marie locks and the Detroit River and Lake St. Marys to accommodate Panamax class ships so that Ohio can more cheaply export its products to other countries.

Lower Cost Energy

The now-defunct energy behemoth, Enron, started the deregulation of energy craze in the United States in the 1990s. Ohio participated in this deregulation craze. Ohio has seen a massive increase in the cost of energy compared to other states that did not deregulate like Oklahoma and Tennessee. Ohio's energy costs have skyrocketed as energy input costs have declined. The combination of unregulated state wholesale electricity markets and federal deregulation of commodity exchanges has removed accountability and transparency from the energy sector, allowing corporations to manipulate price and supply of electricity and natural gas through the exercise of significant market power. Deregulation has allowed intermediaries to distort and bastardize the market and make false claims to unsuspecting consumers.

The result is high energy prices and fewer jobs = a shrinking Ohio population.

Competition was alive and well when Ohio's energy sector was regulated. Legislators made decisions that were in the best interest of Ohioans so that Ohio could compete with other states and other countries. Since deregulation, energy costs have skyrocketed as the focus on competition became internal to Ohio and no focus on the competition external to Ohio. PJM is a multi-state conglomerate that is Ohio's RTO (Regional Transmission Organization). PJM is not an elected body and does not act in Ohio's best interests and does not take into account the metrics within the markets they created needed to provide for a robust and secure grid.

Ohio needs to control its energy markets and distance itself from the unelected officials at PJM.

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Better Policing of the Legal Profession by the Supreme Court

We advocate for legislation that requires the Supreme Court of Ohio to be more transparent in its investigations and findings of wrongdoing by legal professionals. The Supreme Court and its various Bar associations no longer have the trust of the public. There are numerous and blatant examples of legal professionals operating outside of the law and exhibiting unethical behavior with little to no punishment.

We advocate for mandatory enhanced punishments for legal professionals who have broken the public's trust and operated outside the law and ethics bounds.

"Got Your Back" Police Reform

We will oppose the elimination of qualified immunity for police. Law enforcement has a dangerous job to do and make little money compared to their risk. We do not want to set a precedent where our law enforcement is spending more time in court than enforcing it. We do support legislation that allows a definition of corrupt law enforcement personnel, and we support legislation that helps corrupt personnel to be removed as quickly as possible. We must back the blue, but we also must take the attitude of "trust but verify" with our law enforcement professionals.

Bureau of Workmen's Compensation Reform

We support the OBWC paying for all medical expenses when hurt on the job. We feel this does not need to change. We feel there is a large problem with doctors who have a financial incentive to keep people off work longer than required. Ohio Bureau of Workmen's Compensation costs are exorbitantly high for Ohio employers, which hurts Ohio in attracting new business. We advocate privatizing the first 45 days of employment compensation benefits (NOT HEALTHCARE COST). All employers will be required to provide employment compensation through private insurance companies after the first ten days of lost work. Individuals can opt-out of a company plan if they have a private-plan. Additionally, OBWC employment compensation benefits for those earning more than four times Ohio's minimum hourly wage would start at 67% of gross pay for the first 90 days, then reduced to 50% for the next 90 days, and then reduced to 35% after that.

School Vouchers

The State of Ohio will quit funding schools and the State will fund students. Students will receive performance vouchers. The Ohio Board of Education will set minimal education standards that need to be met through mandatory testing that students will have to take for schools to receive funding.
>Students with an A average will reimburse their school to 100% of the voucher.
>Students with a B average will reimburse their school to 80% of the voucher.
>Students with a C average will reimburse their school to 70% of the voucher.
>Students with a D average will reimburse their school to 50% of the voucher.
>Students with an F will reimburse their school to 0% of the voucher.

Private schools, home schools, religious schools, and all public schools can compete for student performance vouchers.

Yes, that means parents that home-school their children can get performance vouchers.

Performance vouchers would not apply to students that are developmentally disabled.

Public school systems will not be required to take problematic students. The responsibility for education rests with the parent, not with the public school system. This change in dynamic makes it easier for public school systems to expel problematic students that harm other students' education.

We do not advocate for inclusivity for learning disabled students. We strongly support for special learning disabled programs and schools.

K-12 Education Funding Reform

We advocate for the elimination of income tax and property tax. So, where are the funds going to come from to pay for education?

We advocate for:
>The taxation of property and casualty insurance premiums to be devoted to education.
>The entrance fee from "Free-Market" casinos will benefit education.
>The sin tax on free-pornography will be devoted to education.
>Other sources of revenue will come from Ohio's general fund.

We advocate for the creation of Educational Port Authority Districts. These authorities can build community schools. All Educational Port Authorities would be constitutionally limited to imposing a maximum 1% payroll tax in a given district. These funds cannot be used to pay teachers and can only be used to pay for the construction and maintenance of buildings and assets used by the school.

Parity Laws for Education Funding K-12

Parity laws give the public the same right as union members in collective bargaining agreements.

When collective bargaining agreements with teachers unions are made, the rank and file of the teachers union get to vote to approve the deal. The public gets no say other than they get to elect the school board members.

School board members can accept donations from teachers unions for their election campaigns. There is nothing wrong with that other than the optics. The perception is that of bribery. A teacher's union donates to a school board member's campaign, and then, in return, they vote for teachers raises.

Parity laws would fix the timing of collective bargaining agreements for educators to every four years when there is a gubernatorial election and that all collective bargaining agreements undergo an automatic referendum (placed on the ballot for that school district) for the public to approve.

Parity laws remove any potential for impropriety and make teachers more accountable to the community.

University and College Reform

Why aren't the State of Ohio colleges and universities self-sufficient? We are for keeping three Universities and a few satellite trade schools and community colleges. The rest should be privatized. Ohio tax dollars should not fuel the tremendously inflated wages of college professors.

Trade School and Apprenticeship Reform

Ohio should offer tax incentives to companies and individuals that establish non-profit trade schools and apprenticeship programs.

Creation of the Ohio Un-American Activities in Education Commission

We advocate for an Ohio Un-American Activities in Education Commission. Schools are educational charities and receive non-profit status due to the work they do. But, in the name of educational diversity, many educators teach a distorted view of America. We submit to you; there are plenty of places to learn about how bad America is without Ohio taxpayers having to foot the bill. Any college or university or school acting as a non-profit will have their non-profit exemption revoked if their educators are deemed by the commission to teach subject matter detrimental to our society.

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