TEN IDEAS: Incentivize People to Abandon Government Assistance

Here is one of the most bothersome statistics about our economy: The bottom three-fifths of income earners all share about the same standard of living.

Why is that bothersome? Because most people in this category are scraping along to achieve this quality of life, working multiple jobs and taking overtime shifts. On the other hand, others are resting back, not maximizing their potential, and allowing government to pick up the slack.

I don’t blame the latter category of folks. I blame the system.

The system gives no incentive to move from one group to the other. Why work two jobs or take overtime shifts, when you can receive the same standard of living without doing so? Why go the extra mile to contribute to the economy if you lose a dollar of benefits for every dollar of income? It’s a perverse incentive that needs cured.

I have a cure.

My fifth policy idea is to invest a portion of the government benefits that a person gives up by working extra jobs/hours into a 401(k) retirement account for the benefit of that person. This would be a limited-time benefit, which can only be exercised once, which can be forfeited if the person later decides not to work (without good reason), and which is gradually reduced as time passes. But the amount involved will be a significant motivator (consider, as one example, someone who leaves Medicaid after accepting a job that provides healthcare benefits).

If this plan is adopted, we have mostly eliminated the perverse incentive to not work. If adopted, we have activated a not-insignificant swath of new workers. If adopted, we have provided a person, who otherwise likely would not have retirement savings, with a nice start to a retirement account. If adopted, we have taken a bite out of the vicious cycle of generational poverty. If adopted, we will ultimately reduce government entitlement spending.

This is one of many ideas I have to eliminate generational poverty, which I see as the biggest lasting problem facing our nation and state. This is an issue I feel very passionately about, and I think we can get broad bipartisan support for.



TEN IDEAS: Make Politicians Earn Their Pay

In most jobs, there are repercussions for missing work. You’re either docked pay or get fired.

Not for State Legislators.

If they miss a committee meeting or session, they just go about their way, without consequence.

To me, attendance indicates work ethic. It demonstrates respect for the job. And, as the saying goes, “90 percent of success is just showing up.”

My fourth idea to improve the way Ohio’s government works is to insist on government accountability for our legislators. Their pay should be proportionately reduced for every vote they skip.

It leads me to an important contrast between me and my opponent, Casey Weinstein, a Hudson City Councilman who took office in 2016.

My opponent has an atrocious attendance record on Hudson City Council. He attended only 76% of council meetings in his first year on council. He attended only 61% of council workshop sessions in his second year. This year, his third, he already has five unexcused absences. In fact, all of his skipped meetings are unexcused absences.

Mr. Weinstein has missed more meetings in his first year on Hudson Council than I missed in my entire 8+ years on Stow City Council. This begs a question: If Mr. Weinstein skips 24 meetings that are held at Hudson City Hall, which is 1.2 miles from his home, then how often will he show up 2 hours away at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus?

If we elect people like Casey Weinstein to the Ohio House, then they should not receive full pay. If you instead elect me, I will push for pay reductions for skipped votes–so we can hold our government accountable.

More accountability = better government.

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