Ted Strickland has announced a press conference for 4pm this afternoon to discuss the Ohio budget.
Who has a press conference at 4pm on a Friday to avoid weekday news and take advantage of people not paying attention over the weekend?
Someone who knows they’re gonna get hammered.
Good luck, Gov. We’ll be watching.
UPDATE: Word is that he’s going to endorse gambling as a way to help pay for the $3.2 billion gap in the budget.
The money quote?
Asked last month whether he could support such a proposal if it were brought to him as a way to raise additional money, for example, Strickland replied, “I don’t expect it will be brought to be as part of a budget solution, but if it is, I will do everything I can to see that we can craft a budget without it.”
The governor then pointed to an article in Governing magazine detailing how the addition of slot machines in Maryland last fall has not produced the amount of activity or revenue projected.
“They are finding I think what’s likely to be a continuing trend that the promise put forth by gambling interests rarely holds up,” Strickland said. “The amount of money that they promise rarely materialize(s), and so I do not think that Ohio should have expended gambling.”
Apparently, Ted Strickland can’t be trusted.