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.